Big Picture-Sewer & Water Rates Skyrocket

Sewer and Water Rates Skyrocket well over inflation. City Manager Bohenko stated that savings in the city general fund will not be used to lower water rates for Portsmouth residents.  Bohenko has said the city will borrow the funds for Pierce Island. Source: Porstmouth Herald April 27, 2011 [Accessed July 6, 2011]

  • Officials estimate the cost to meet EPA standards at $63 million to  $100 million plus. It has been estimated that the cost could mean a doubling or tripling of users’ rates. Portsmouth Herald May 8, 2011 [Accessed July 6, 2011]
  • Deputy Public Works Director David Allen reported the sewer division needs an additional $2.2 million from user fees. 80% of residential customers would average $82.90 per month after the rate hike, Allen said Thursday. Portsmouth Herald April 22, 21011 [Accessed July 6, 2011]
  • City Manager Bohenko’s solution is to negotiate with the EPA, spending $176,000 in legal negotiation fees. Portsmouth Herald April 22, 21011, Porstmouth Herald April 27, 2011 [Accessed July 6, 2011]
  • Expansion of sewer to other towns has questionable offset of rates. It is still undetermined if any serious reductions in rates would occur. Portsmouth Herald May 8, 2011 [Accessed July 6, 2011]
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