Walsh later added the increase will get the town through a minimum of five years.
In a Facebook post, Clerk-Treasurer Beth Hernandez broke down what the increase would look like for residents.
Currently, the town’s water rate for the first 100,000 gallons is $3.26 per 1,000 gallons, and $1.63 per 1,000 gallons for over 100,000 gallons.
The proposed water rate would increase the rates to $4.24 and $2.12, respectively.
On the sewer side, the town’s current rate is $3.51 per 1,000 gallons for the first 2,500 gallons, and $4.95 per 1,000 gallons for over 2,500 gallons.
The ¾-inch meter rate is $6.55, and a 1-inch meter rate is $14.85.
As presented, the town’s rate would increase to $3.86 per 1,000 gallons for the first 2,500 gallons, and $5.45 per 1,000 gallons for over 2,500 gallons.
The ¾-inch meter rate would be $7.21, and a 1-inch meter rate would be $16.34.
The council is expected to vote on the increase at 7 p.m. April 28. The meeting will be held in person and streamed on the town’s YouTube channel, Town of St. John, Indiana.