For Immediate Release: 5/9/2014 12:00 PM

Contact: Karen D. Campbell 301-952-5182

FY 2015 WSSC Rate Increase Lowest Since 2007
Prince George’s and Montgomery County lawmakers, convening their annual Bi-County Budget meeting on Thursday, May 8, 2014, unanimously adopted the budgets for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC); the bi-county portion of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC); and the Washington Suburban Transit Commission (WSTC). 
Prince George’s County Council Chairman Mel Franklin praised the collaborative spirit of the two legislative bodies.
“I applaud the efforts of both counties in working together and agreeing on most of the FY 2015 budget decisions.  Our joint cooperation positively impact residents in both jurisdictions.” 
During the joint session at the WSSC headquarters in Laurel, Maryland, both Councils approved the WSSC FY 2015 operating and capital budget of $1.3 billion.  The new budget includes a 5.5-percent rate increase for water and sewer customers, which is the lowest since 2007.  Under the new spending plan, customers who use 210 gallons of water daily will experience an increase of $4.09 a month. All new bi-county spending plans are effective on July 1, 2014.  
All new bi-county spending plans are effective on July 1, 2014.  
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