The annual sewer service fees for single-family dwellings and apartments will jump from $6 to $37.48 as a result of a 4-1 vote by the City Council Tuesday.
The new revenue would be used to establish a fund for maintenance of the city sewer system and sewer-line repair and replacement.
Algird G. Leiga was the only council member to oppose the higher rates, which are effective April 1. He said an increase of more than 600% could not be justified in a time of rising federal and state taxes.
But other council members argued that the move would be fiscally responsible in the long run because regular upkeep of the sewer system would prevent costly repairs.