Exmore continues to keep its options open for the future of its sewer system and the plant’s operation in an effort to get the best deal for the town’s citizens, who are largely from low-and-moderate-income households.
“We’ve got to get the best sewer deal we can get, because our people don’t have the disposable income to pay Onancock and Cape Charles prices,” Town Manager Robert Duer said Monday night.
About 57% of Exmore’s 1,460 residents live in low-and-moderate income households, around five percentage points higher than three years ago.
Director of Utilities Taylor Dukes said around 500 people in Exmore are from households earning less than $25,000 annually, including retirees receiving Social Security benefits.
A preliminary engineering report, or PER, recommended Exmore build and run a new sewer plant, but an offer from the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) to own and operate the plant is still on the table.