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York City sewer rates to rise

Julia Scheib
505-5439/@JuliaDispatch

If you're a resident of York City, your sewer bill will likely go up next year.

Because the city's sewer facilities need substantial improvements, rates will rise by 50 cents per 1,000 gallons of water — from $8.75 per 1,000 gallons to $9.25.

A bill upping the fee was introduced Tuesday night, and the City Council will vote on it on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

For many city residents in the middle- and lower-income brackets, Councilman Michael Helfrich said, next year's increased sewer fee will overshadow the proposed 1 percent cut in property taxes paid to the city.

"The lower your property value, and the more water you use, the more you're going to pay," he said.

Those with high-value commercial properties or homes would be at an advantage, Helfrich said.

Someone who has a big family and is living in a lower-value home would pay more.

— Reach Julia Scheib at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com.