Town committee considers options for raising utility fees

Megan Schiffres

by Megan Schiffres

KILMARNOCK—Members of the Kilmarnock administration and finance committee on Thursday, November 1, discussed raising the water and wastewater utility fees.

Utility rates in Kilmarnock have failed to keep up with the inflated costs of operations since 2008, when the combined water and sewer service fee was last increased from $40 to $75. Before that, the town had not increased utility rates for 24 years, according to committee member Rebecca Nunn.

Since Kilmarnock’s last increase of utility rates in 2008, the average water rates in Virginia have increased approximately 3.8% per year and wastewater rates have increased by about 4.7% yearly, according to a 2018 study of the Commonwealth…