Water and sewer rates in Perry are going up.
City Council voted Tuesday to raise consumption rates by 2.5 percent on water and sewer service, said City Manager Lee Gilmour. The base rate remains the same. The consumption part is calculated by the amount of water used.
Gilmour said the increase was needed because of a decline in consumption, generating a cash-flow problem for the system.
We have a continuing decline in the number of units used, he said.
He attributed the decline to a variety of factors, including an increasing number of vacant homes and buildings due to foreclosure, and a rainy summer.
The increase will go into effect on the next bill.