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Union Gap Tries To Close Its Water, Sewer Rate Gaps

UNION GAP, Wash. - Union Gap city leaders -- under the gun, with a tough decision to make about their water and sewer rates.

They heard from a consultant who gave them a few options and learned that it won't be an easy decision, no matter what they choose.

The proposals include raising rates 10 percent for everyone to making business owners pay more than the people.

Now Union Gap needs to bring up its revenue by around 50 percent in the next five years to pay for basic operations and planned projects.

If the council decides on the 10 percent rate hike, the average user would be billed an additional five dollars a month.

That would bring their monthly total to a little over 50 dollars.

"Council has some hard challenges in front of them because it is difficult to implement any rate increase because it does affect your system users," consultant Ted Pooler said.

Pooler says Union Gap's case is unique because it has a lot of businesses and a fairly small residental population.

He says the council will have to take that very fact into consideration, when it comes to making a final decision.

That won't come until a few months from now.