ANDOVER — Selectmen, in their role as sewer commissioners, are considering an approximate 4 percent increase to the sewer rate for next fiscal year that would require the average homeowner to pay about $14 more per year.

Tony Torrisi, director of finance and budget, presented the proposed change at Monday night's selectmen's meeting.

He said selectmen have a policy to make sure both water and sewer services maintain self-sufficiency and the increase would be needed for this to be the case, along with the use of some reserve funds.

The rate would increase from $3.09 per 100 cubic feet of water used to $3.21 per 100 cubic feet. Torrisi said it has been four years since the rate has been raised.

Among a list of 16 comparative communities, the average annual sewer bill is $713 while Andover's would be $385 if the request is approved, Torrisi said.

Selectmen will vote on the rate change at a future meeting, selectmen Chairman Brian Major said.

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