UPDATED: Council committee recommends cutting WSSC water-rate increase from 9% to 6%
A County Council committee has recommended increasing water rates in Montgomery County for the coming year — but not as high as a utility is seeking.
The council’s Transportation and Environment committee said Thursday that it supports a 6% increase. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is seeking a 9% increase.
The committee said it could potentially look at raising its recommendation to 7%. County Executive Marc Elrich wrote in a memo to council members earlier this week that he and Prince George’s County officials have “reached consensus” on recommending a 7% rate increase to their respective County Councils.Committee members asked, however, that WSSC officials provide more information on why 7% is needed. They asked the utility to explain the decrease in revenue it has had because of delinquent accounts since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and the lack of state and federal aid it has received compared to local governments in the region.