NORMAN — City council members Tuesday will discuss asking voters to approve a sewer rate increase in November.
The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. to consider the ballot issue, before a 6:30 p.m. business meeting in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Gray St.
City officials say the rate increase is needed to help fund about $63 million in improvements to the south sewer plant. About 50 to 60 percent of the project could be paid for with a rate increase, while the remaining costs would be paid for by the sewer excise tax fund dedicated to supporting new development.
The current residential rate was established in 1996 with a base fee set at $3.90 plus $1.60 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater.
U.S. Department of Environmental Quality regulations make the improvements to the wastewater treatment plant a necessity, officials said.
The amount of the increase has not been determined. Council members are hoping to finalize a proposal for a Nov. 5 ballot.
Norman's city charter requires that any utility rate increase must be approved by voters.