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Some locals to pay more in sewage rates

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OAK HILL (WVVA) -- A new sewage project could be forcing residents to dig a little deeper into their pockets to pay their water bill.

The $14.5 million project is underway in Oak Hill.  It's said to decrease pollution from an overflow in storm water run off.

This will cause a 6% increase in sewer rates for residents.

City Manager, Bill Hannabass, says right now sewer rates are about $36 monthly for residents, which is below the West Virginia state average.

"This rate increase in real dollars to the average person is going to amount to about two dollars," says Hannabass.  "Most people's sewer bills fluctuate depending on how they're using water that particular month to the point where you're not going to notice. It's just going to look like your normal fluctuation."

This increase would take Oak Hill's rates to exactly average of the rates statewide.  Hannabass says this would be one of three hikes needed to fund the sewage project. 

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