Residents of Benwood will soon see their sewage bill increasing.

City council voted at Tuesday evening’s meeting to increase the sewage rates 12.55%.

The decision to make the increase was not one that Mayor Ed Kuca wanted to make, but rather one they had to make.

Benwood doesn’t have its own sewage treatment plant. Instead, they use the neighboring city’s plant.

The City of Wheeling recently raised its sewage rates by 30%, meaning that Benwood had to follow in suit.

The average residential house in Benwood outputs around 2,804 gallons of sewage a month. Homeowners that are around this average will see an increase of about $10 on their bill.

The increase will take effect on July 1, 2020.