Residents Concerned About Escalating Water Bills

A higher bill isn't something anyone wants to see these days, but residents in Princeville, Edgecombe County say they're dealing with just that.

Some residents say they've seen up to a 50 percent increase in how much they pay the town for water and sewer.

Town manager Sam Knight says the flat rate did go up $20.00. He says residents with more of an increase must just be using more water.

Knight says Princeville gets it's water from Tarboro and their rates have gone up over time, but Princeville's rates never did and that money was coming out of the general fund. Knight says the rate must go up now to balance the budget.

But some residents, like Georgianna Briggs, say the numbers don't add up. "I've never seen nothing like it and I can not hardly make it because of this water bill of the past few months."

Some residents have formed what they call a red flag committee and they're headed to Raleigh Thursday with a petition with over 900 signatures to talk to a state official about their concerns.


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