Some state representatives think sewer rate increase will be detrimental to the poor

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1370562984&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4087224&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1370562984 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Another sewer rate increase in Jefferson County is imminent.

A pending agreement that substantially lowers the sewer debt means customers will see much higher bills.

State Representatives John Rogers and Mary Moore say the price hike will be detrimental to the poor, who can barely pay their bills as it stands.

They claim it will cause more people to lose their homes, and eventually they will end up on the streets.

“Either some of them who might be forced to pay their sewer bill, they might not be able to buy their medicine, might not be able to pay their rent,” Moore said. “It’s gonna be a catastrophe no matter how you look at it.”

Representative Rogers says he’s going to write to Governor Robert Bentley and ask him to declare a state of emergency for Jefferson County.

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