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Girard mayor blames EPA for possible water bill increase

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GIRARD, Ohio -  Mayor James Melfi is blaming a mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency for the possibility of higher water and sewer rates.

On Monday, city council approved a first reading of an ordinance that would increase rates by fifteen percent.

Mayor Melfi tells 21 news that the increase would be a first step toward raising the money for an expansion of storage at the wastewater treatment plant ordered by the EPA.

Although the mayor says he is disappointed about the EPA mandate, he he points out that this would be the first rate increase since 2002.

Council would have to approve the rate increase during two more meetings before it goes into effect.

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