Coos Bay council votes to increase sewer rates

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- If you live in Coos Bay your sewer rates are about to increase.

Coos Bay City Council unanimously approved a resolution to increase wastewater rates by 6.4 percent.

City officials say the extra money will be used for maintenance and repairs.

The City of Coos Bay has two water plants and more than 80 miles of pipe.

The sewer rates were last raised in May of 2015, where residents saw a 6.5 percent increase.

"We have an aging infrastructure, everything's getting older,” says Public Works Director Jim Hossley. “It’s sort of like taking care of your car. You have to change the oil. You have to change the tires.

“My duty is to help maintain it, make sure it runs, make sure we have quality water being discharged out to the bay. And so the cost of keeping it up continues to increase as materials and labor costs increase."

Hossley says the average residential user will see an increase of $3.63 in their sewer rate starting in July.

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