Council approves sewer fee hikes

Signage warning the public to keep out of the water was placed in 2017 at several Hilo Bayfront locations after an estimated 41,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Wailuku River and Hilo Bay from a blocked sewer pipe. (HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald)

HILO — The first sewer fee hike in 17 years squeaked through the County Council on a 5-4 vote this week, but only after it was amended to spread the cost over five years instead of the three requested by the administration.