• Utilities Inc. of Florida rate could increase nearly 30 percent


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Water and sewer bills for some in Orange and Seminole counties may be going up as much as $20 a month.

    If the Utilities Inc. of Florida rate hike is approved, it could be an increase of nearly 30 percent, driving the average bill of $71 up to nearly $92 a month.

    One homeowner said the increase will eliminate the savings he's created from using less water.

    Monthly bills could jump by at least $20.

    A report with the Florida Public Service Commission explains those increases and how it will affect the average customer's water and sewer bills.

    The last approved rate increase was in 2010, according to the report.

    Now, customers might have to watch how much water they use even closer.

    The utility company says it requested the increase to cover rising operating costs.

    State regulators are still discussing the rate hike.

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