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Residents see higher sewer fees in Baton Rouge Parish

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The new year marks yet another sewer fee hike for East Baton Rouge Parish residents.

Monthly sewer bills have gone up 4 percent every Jan. 1 since 2004 to finance the parish's $1.4 billion federally mandated sewer system overhaul.

With the latest fee increase, Assistant Public Works Director Mark LeBlanc says an average household using 8,600 gallons of water per month will see its bill climb to $43.92 a month, up from about $42.23 a month charged in 2013. 

Monthly sewer bills are about 48 percent higher than they were in 2004, when the automatic fee increases first began. The average household at that time was paying about $29.67.

The system serves 137,990 customers, about 102,113 of whom are residential.

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