CHALMETTE, La. -- In St. Bernard Parish, the parish council has introduced a new proposal to increase water and sewer rates by 34 percent.
The increase would help improve infrastructure in St. Bernard's water system that has been under scrutiny ever since a brain-eating amoeba was found last fall.
Councilman Ray Lauga said the water and sewer funds have been running a near $3 million deficit.
He said the increase would likely amount to about $10 to $15 per water bill.
The council could vote on the rate increase at its next council meeting on March 18.