As part of the town’s 2018 budget, the Twisp Town Council has approved an increase in water and sewer rates for town residents.
Water rates will increase by $1.20 per month or 2.5 percent. Sewer rates will increase by $3.14 per month or 6 percent. That means the monthly water and sewer bills will increase from a total of $109.05 per month this year to $113.78 in 2018 or $4.73 more including taxes.
Water and sewer services are provided through self-sustaining funds. The town is required by state law to set rates high enough to balance the water and sewer funds.
“Nobody likes rate increases but we have a very old system,” said Josh Thomson, a Twisp Council member. “I don’t like the rate increase, but I do support it.”
“We’re doing good work with what we’ve got and we’re improving an old, old system,” said council member John Fleming. Twisp has undertaken several water- and sewer-improvement projects in recent years, using a combination of state and federal grants and loans.
A final 2018 budget for the town, which will include the increase in water and sewer funds, is expected to be approved at the Dec. 12 council meeting.