Aqua Utilities' rate hike would add $2.12 to bill
It may be little comfort, but a staff recommendation to grant an additional $200,000 in rate hikes to Aqua Utilities would have a small impact on customers' bills. According to an analysis by the Office of Public Counsel, which represents customers in utility rate cases, the recommendation would add $2.12 to the monthly water and sewer bill of a customer in Palm Terrace or Zephyr Shores who uses about 7,000 gallons of water. A similar customer in Jasmine Lakes would actually see his water and sewer bill drop about $5.92. Even so, Aqua Utilities customers pay among the highest bills in Pasco County under the rates approved last May: Jasmine Lakes customers using 7,000 gallons pay $140 a month for water and sewer; similar customers in Palm Terrace and Zephyr Shores pay $156. The Office of Public Counsel appealed those rates set by the state Public Service Commission. Last week PSC staff recommended readjusting the rates of Aqua's 85 water and sewer systems around the state to raise $2.8 million a year, $200,000 more than the original rates approved last May. The final decision rests with the PSC board, which is slated to discuss the statewide utility case on Tuesday.
Gospel group to perform at church
The Collingsworth Family will perform a gospel concert at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church, 6040 Eighth St., next to the post office. A free will love offering will be accepted. Seating is limited. For information call DeeAnna at (813) 782-1071.
Two from hospice to speak at club
The Democratic Women's Club of Pasco County will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Jasmine Lakes Civic Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd. Two speakers from Gulfside Regional Hospice — Sonia Quinones, director of bereavement services and volunteers, and Kathie Poole, volunteer coordinator — will discuss women as patients and caregivers. Light refreshments will be available. For information, call (727) 372-9321.
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Sweeties dinner, dance on Sunday
Knights of Columbus Council 2882 will hold a Sweeties Valentine's Dinner Dance at 5 p.m. Sunday in the hall at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St. Today is the last day to order tickets. Dinner will be chicken Parmesan and pasta, and entertainment will be Bill Castner and Little Miss Dynamite. Tickets are $25 per couple. For information or to order tickets, call Joe LaGuardia at (727) 848-1183 or Clark Hill at (727) 364-7090.