Columbus City Council tonight is expected to approve an increase in water and sewer rates for next year.
Steve Gladman chairs the city's Sewer and Water Advisory Board, which recommended the rate increases.
Gladman says the increases are the smallest since 2014. The city provides a 20 percent discount program for low-income and elderly households. Columbus Public Utilities Director Tracie Davies says the city has been raising rates for more than a decade in part due to consent decrees designed to reduce overflows into local waterways.
Davies also says it costs the city more to provide water and sewer services to the suburbs.