BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The first of at least three public hearings on potential Jefferson County sewer rate increases is set for this afternoon.
The hearing will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Forum Auditorium at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
Speakers include the county's environmental services department director, David Denard, who will give an overview of operations and maintenance costs for the system.
Also slated to speak is Stephanie Rauterkus, a finance professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who has studied the effects of sewer rates on the poor.
County Commission President David Carrington has said sewer rate increases will not be proposed at the meeting, but will give commissioners a chance to hear from expert witnesses and residents.
Speakers must sign up before the forum, and will be limited to two-minute presentations. The public comment part of the public hearing will be limited to one hour.