GULFPORT -- A vote is expected today on a proposal to increase water and sewer rates in Gulfport.
The measure had been bumped off the city council's agenda in December.
The hike is meant to help cover payments on bond debt for water and sewer improvements and other expenses in the city.
The ordinance proposes that over a period of a month for the first 3,000 gallons of water used, the rate will be $2.30 per 1,000 gallons; for 4,000 to 10,000 gallons of water used, the rate will be $2.40; and for the remainder exceeding 10,000 gallons of water, the rate would be $2.50 per 1,000 gallons used.
For sewage collection, rates would be based on the amount of water delivered through a meter. Those rates would vary from $4.20 per 1,000 gallons of water for the first 3,000 used to $4.54 per 1,000 gallons measured for more than 10,000 gallons over a monthly period.
If voted in, the change would take effect 30 days after its passing.
The increase would mark the first raise in water and sewer rates in the city since September 2011, when residential users saw a 17 percent increase for 5,000 gallons.