Panama City Beach increasing water and sewer cost by 2%

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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Most people don't like to see their water and sewer bill increase, but as the city grows, so must the system.

Panama City Beach officials tell us water and sewer bill rates will increase by 2%, starting October. (WJHG/WECP)

Panama City Beach officials tells us every five to seven years a study is done to show what increases will need to be made over time.

At Thursday's council meeting, members approved a two percent increase for the sewer and water rate, taking effect in October.

This smaller increase now will allow the city to keep rates lower later on. But Panama City Beach officials say even with the price a little higher, they're providing a cost other cities aren't offering.

"It's small increments as opposed to five, six, ten, percent increases. And we also have the lowest rates in all of Bay County, which we're very proud of. We are the biggest users of water and sewer and you know with quantity gives you some price point benefits," City Manager Mario Gisbert said.

This money will also go to help build a waste water treatment plant by the Conservation Park on the west end of Panama City Beach.

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