BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Thursday, the Birmingham Water Works Board voted to stop collecting sewer fees for Jefferson County and instead focus on just collecting water payments for the Birmingham area.
This will have no effect at all on residents or their bills in the short term, Thursday’s vote served as a required one year notice to the county that Birmingham Water Works would no longer do double duty and terminate collection of sewage bills.
At the almost two hour meeting, debate went back and forth between representatives for Jefferson County and those from water works board about the legality of a potential price increase that could see resident sewer bills go from $40 dollars to more than $200 dollars in accordance with a 40 year bankruptcy plan.
“People only have so much money for water bill and sewer bills, if the sewer bill is going to continue to rise outrageously, for 40 years, then that’s going to put us in a position to where people aren’t going to be able to pay their water bill,” said William Muhammad, a director with Birmingham Water Works Board.
“What we would like to do is for the operations people to get together, look at this issue, it’s a very complicated issue and also have our legal team and their legal team to look at this issue,” rebutted Jefferson County manager Tony Petelos.