Sparks Council Votes to Hike Sewer Rates

City of Sparks, Nevada
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SPARKS -- The Sparks City Council approved a sewer rate increase to fund repairs at the regional water treatment plant. Rates will increase 8.25 percent each year for the next four years. The first increase will be July 2014.

City spokesperson Adam Mayberry said the increase will funded needed upgrades at the Truckee Meadows Water Treatment Plant. "We have had some critical failures... most recently around last year at this time," he said.

Residents will see their sewer bills increase $16 to $20 per year through 2017. Mayberry said the rate is still below Reno and Washoe County.

However, councilmember Ron Schmitt said the increase is greater than what's needed to fund repairs, and voted against the rate hike. He also said Sparks residents recently experienced an increase in rates.

The councilmembers will consider whether to fund energy efficient upgrades at the plant next month.