St. Bernard council eyes rate increases after brain-eating amoeba scare

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 1:15 PM

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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.

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