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Bossier City businesses may see reduced sewer rates starting in May

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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTBS) -

Businesses in Bossier City will soon be paying less for sewer rates.

That's after several local business spoke out to the Bossier City Council over concerns that they were paying an unfair rate.

The City Council approved an introduction to the ordinance at their Tuesday meeting that will amend Section 114-4 of the Code of Ordinances to amend the rates.

The commercial flat rate fee went from $40 to $80 a month at the beginning of the year, but Council Member at Large David Montgomery says that's not comparable to what they're actually using, which is about 3,000 gallons a month.

If it passes, the new rate will be more in line with what residents pay, though Montgomery says it'll still be about 33 percent higher than the residential rate.

Individual rates for residents went from $15 to $30 beginning January 1st.

"This is a revenue neutral proposal, so at the end of the day, the revenue will be exactly what was anticipated. It just treats businesses more fairly and puts them in line with what the rate increase was for the individual households," says Montgomery.

The rate change will take effect May 1st, and businesses will see the change on their June bills.

The amended rates will go before the City Council for a final reading at their April 15th meeting.

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