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A potential increase to Jefferson City sewer rates was put on hold Monday until the beginning of June.

The measure was ready for a City Council vote Monday night, but staff recommended tabling it to give time for a public comment period.

Public comments will be open for 30 days and serve as an opportunity for those in the community to voice their opinions.

The proposed rate change would raise rates by 2 percent in 2021 and an additional 5 percent every year until 2027. It would apply to anybody on the city's system, such as St. Martins and other areas around Cole County.

For instance, if a household's current bill is around $31, by the end of the rate increase, it would be around $43, according to board documents.

The move would help raise funds for an approximate $44 million in upgrade projects such as meter and line replacements.

The measure will appear on the council's June 7 meeting agenda.

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