In a 3-2 vote, the Statham City Council voted Tuesday to increase water, sewer and garbage rates. The increases will be effective immediately.
The increase will help repay Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loans, city officials said.
Private citizens inside the city limits will now pay a minimum of $16 while commercial customers will pay a minimum of $27.
Outside the city the minimum charge will now be $24 for private citizens and $37 for commercial.
The rates previously were $12, $21, $18 and $28, respectively.
Homes in the city limits using the minimum amounts of water for sewer will now pay $12 and commercial buildings inside the city would pay $22.
Outside the city, residences would pay $34. Currently the prices are at $9, $20 and $14.
Garbage collection prices also increase from $12 to $15. Additional collection cans will now be $7.50.