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Annapolis water, sewer costs will nearly double starting July 1

Annapolis residents can expect to see a higher water and sewer bill this summer.

The City Council passed legislation Tuesday to raise the city's water and sewer rates beginning July 1. Residents will see the change on their quarterly bill in September.

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The average city household that used to pay $86 every three months on water and sewer bills will now pay up to $166. The $401 that average commercial users paid per quarter will soar to $763.

Three aldermen voted against the increase, saying it will create financial hardships for residents on fixed incomes and those who haven't rebounded yet from the recession. City Manager Mike Mallinoff said that in cases of extreme hardship, the city will need to mitigate the impact of the increases.

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