BIRMINGHAM — The Jefferson County Commission will hold a series of public hearings, beginning Tuesday, about sewer rates.
In a press release issued Monday afternoon, Commission President David Carrington announced the hearings, the first of which will begin at 4 p.m. in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center's Forum auditorium. It is the first of at least three such hearings, Carrington said.
"Since none of the current Commissioners were involved in the sewer financings and since none of us have set sewer rates before, we wanted to have a series of public hearings to get input from everyone who is affected by the sewer system or sewer rates — including sewer users, ratepayers, taxpayers and creditors — before coming to any conclusions about what needs to be done," Carrington said in the release.
Carrington said there is no rate proposal on the table at the moment.
Among those scheduled to appear at Tuesday's meeting are David Denard of the county's Environmental Services Department, who will discuss the sewer system's costs; and UAB Professor Stephanie Rauterkus, who has studied the effects of sewer rates on the poor.
The commission will then open the floor to public comments for an hour, with speakers limited to two minutes each. Those who wish to speak may sign up beginning at 3:30.