Livermore Falls Ratepayers Outraged At Sewer Rate Increase, Say They Haven’t Been Pooping 20 Percent More. Except After Thanksgiving — Whoo Boy

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Sewer pip installation. Maine news from The Rumford MeteorLIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposed sewer rate hike of 20 percent. The hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Town Office. Rates will not be approved by the board until after the hearing. A 20 percent increase would raise the base sewer rate to $60 per unit each quarter and increase the water use rate to 5.16 cents per cubic foot. The increase would bring in an additional $17,029.96 per quarter or $68,119.84 annually, Town Manager Kristal Flagg said earlier in November. The current sewer rate, adopted in 2010, is $55 per quarter and 4.3 cents per cubic foot of water used. Flagg had said that a 35 percent increase would be needed to cover expenses. Selectmen decided that would be too much at one time and might cause more users to not pay sewer fees. The town has foreclosed on properties recently for back sewer fees. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)