Water and wastewater rates in the City and Borough of Juneau could soon be increasing.
The City and Borough of Juneau Finance Committee considered the possibility of such increases — possibly starting in January — during its Wednesday night meeting.
The general consensus among city officials is that an increase is needed, but there are competing ideas for how significant the increase should be.
The Utility Advisory Board recommended a 4 percent increase to both water and wastewater for each of the next five years, while City Manager Rorie Watt recommended a smaller 2 percent increase for the next five years.
The first increase in the manager’s recommendation would go into effect in January and the next increase would be set for July 2021 to soften the impact.