ST. PETE, Fla. (WFLA) – City officials at St. Pete are deciding how much more to charge residents off their electric bills.
They said the average customer will see an increase.
A typical family could start paying an average of $20 more per month if tariff adjustments on electric bills were carried over.
A family using 3,500 gallons of water and sewage would see their sanitation, drinking water and sewage fees increase by nearly $10.
Also, they would spend an additional $10 on rainwater.
The city said it needs the money to support St. Pete’s aging infrastructure, maintain reliable water sources and keep up with utility maintenance.
City officials are due to make a more detailed presentation on the proposed rate hike this afternoon. They are holding a public hearing at the community building at 175 5th Street North at 5:00 p.m.
If the numbers are pleasing, city customers will start paying their own excess costs from October.
The city is proposing water conservation efforts to reduce your electric bills. If these rate adjustments are too much for you or your family, there is the option of a payment plan. Call the St. Pete’s Utility Customer Service Center at 727-893-7341.