PLAIN CITY -- Sewer fees have not increased in this city for about 15 years, and Councilman Brent White said it's time to increase the current rate of $13 per month per household.
He has said the cost of sewer service is exceeding the fees that are paid.
White said he hopes city residents will attend a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 during the council meeting at City Hall, 4160 W. 2200 North.
White added that he hopes the public will come to be educated on the issue and not because they think the council has made up its mind and decided on the amount of a rate increase.
"If we're not putting a number on it and they ask about it, and they come, then what's going to happen?" asked Councilwoman LaFray Kelley.
"We don't know what it's going to be until after the public hearing," said Mayor Jay Jenkins. He also said the council was waiting for more information on the city sewer costs from Treasurer Steve Davis.
White said that in the past the council has been accused of having a decision already made when there is a public hearing, but he wants residents to know the council does consider their opinions in any decision.
The council also discussed sending a letter to make sure residents are aware of the public hearing and of the possible increase in sewer rates.
However, Jenkins said he did not want to put a suggested amount of the increase in the letter because residents then would come angry to the public hearing. He said he would rather personally address their questions and concerns.
"I think it would be great if we all got 30 phone calls each, and we say, hey, come to the meeting. It helps so we don't have a bunch of angry people, mad when they walk in the door. That's what I want to get away from," Jenkins said.
Plain City has made improvements to the sewer system in the last few years, including a groundbreaking Poo-Gloo system and is currently working on an aeration system.