The Fincastle Herald

Aqua Va. water rate hike hearing May 15 at LBHS SCC judge will take public comments

Botetourt County’s Aqua Virginia water customers will get to have their say about proposed rate increases by the company during two public hearings Tuesday, May 15 at Lord Botetourt High School.

County Attorney Michael Lockaby told the Board of Supervisors last week that the State Corporation Commission (SCC) hearing officer scheduled the hearings for Aqua Virginia customers in Botetourt, Franklin and Montgomery Counties. The hearings are at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors joined with other counties that are served by the Aqua Virginia to fight a proposed water rate increase that is from 25 to 40 percent, according to Lockaby.

The supervisors asked local customers in early February to notify the SCC they wanted a public hearing in this part of the state.

The SCC had already scheduled public hearings at its Richmond office and in Fluvanna and Caroline Counties where Aqua Virginia also owns water and sewer systems.

Aqua Virginia customers in Botetourt had a rate…

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