Proposed increase to sewer and reclaimed water rates in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City Beach is considering an increase in its sewer and reclaimed water rate.

At Thursday's Panama City Beach City Council meeting, the first reading of a proposed two-percent increase to sewer and reclaimed water rates was approved.

City officials say a 2016 study recommended minimal annual increases in order to keep up with costs. However, officials say the rates, even with the proposed increase, are among the best in the county.

Mario Gisbert, the City Manager of Panama City Beach said, "The sewer and reclaim water rates that the city of Panama City Beach has are the lowest in all of Bay County. When I say the lowest I'm talking about 50 percent of what everybody else is."

If the rate is approved, it would take effect October 1st. Officials say a typical household using 6,000 gallons of water per month, would only see an increase of 56 cents in their monthly charge.