Customers would see a two-percent increase in their water bills under the Mohawk Valley Water Authority proposed 2016 budget.

If approved, the rate increase would take effect on January 1st and would mean an additional $7.24 a year or about 60 cents a month for the average household.

MVWA Executive Diredctor Pat Becher says one reason for the increase in a continued decline in water usage.  Becher says they're also looking at a $75,000 increase in workers compensation premiums.

He says the rate increase has also been partially offset by a reduction in the mandated payment to the state retirement system on $95,000.

A public hearing on the proposed rate hike will take place on Monday at 5:00 in the Utica Common Council Chambers at City Hall.