Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 21, 2014

Bramwell PSD seeking rate increase for sewer service

BRAMWELL — A local public service district has submitted an application with the West Virginia that could add another $10 or more to monthly sewer rates.

The Bramwell Public Service District has filed an application with the West Virginia Public Service Commission for an increase in its monthly sewer rates and charges, according to a statement issued Friday by the Bramwell PSD. The request is for a 25.87 percent increase.

Mayor Louise Stoker, of Bramwell, said the town had not heard that an application had been submitted, but knew one would be made eventually.

“It’s very sad for us to have another increase in one of our utilities,” she said.

Business has been expanding in the town thanks to the opening of the Pocahontas Trail, Mercer County’s branch of the Hatfield-McCoy Trail.

“I’m not sure what kind of impact that would have on people who want to locate a business here,” Stoker said. “We hope it will not have a negative impact.”

If approved, the current minimum charge would be increased from $35.58 per month to $48.30, while the flat charge rate would increase from $50.84 to $63.64 per month. Metered usage rates would increase as well, PSD officials said. For example, the first 3,000 gallons used would change from $12.86 per 1,000 gallons to $16.10, the next 3,000 gallons from $12.26 per 1,000 gallons to $15.34, and then additional gallon-use breakdowns increasing incrementally.

Anyone impacted by this potential rate change may file a protest and request to be heard about why this change should not be allowed, either in whole or in part. If anyone wishes to file a protest, it must be done in writing within 10 days of a legal ad relating to this rate hike published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, PSD officials said.

All protests should be addressed to the Executive Secretary, Public Service Commission of West Virginia, P.O. Box 812, Charleston, WV 25323.

Bramwell PSD officials said that protests should be specific about the reasons why the changed rates and charges should be modified. Anyone desiring a hearing must demand a hearing in the letter of protest. If no substantial protest is filed, the staff-recommended rates may be approved without a hearing.

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