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Anderson County Sewer Rates May Go Up

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Anderson County's sewer fund is reaching a breaking point. That according to county leaders and they're looking at a way to fix the problem.

"We've just moved on to the next year and just put a lot of band aids on our system," says Council Chairman Ken Waters.

The sewer fund is meant to be self-sustaining. Instead, the fund borrow millions from other funds to cover its costs each year. There's no one reason why the fund is in such dire straits. Council Chairman Francis Crowder says one reason stems from when they recession hit, several businesses closed up in the county. That left sewer infrastructure that was no longer being used and money that was no longer coming into the county funds. Now the fund has a deficit of $35.7 million.

"That's more than I can pay myself, it's something that we need to deal with it," Waters says.

Waters also serves on the County Finance Committee. The committee heard several ideas this week to help address the sewer fund problem. One of the proposals is to raise taxes. For taxpayers rates would increase $28 a month. The committee isn't saying that they are going to propose a tax increase to the county council.

"Nobody wants to raise taxes by no means," Waters says.
A little more than 4,000 residents use the county sewer system. Many are hoping the council finds another solution but hope the problem in general is fixed. The finance committee is looking at every option including cutting other parts of the budget before making any sort of final decision. The sewer fund is on the county council's agenda for their meeting next week.    

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