Jefferson County sewer customers will pay more, effective Nov. 1. The county commission Monday approved a hike in the base charge. It will rise from the current $10 per bill, to $15. The rates will increase 7.89 percent for four years. Then, annual rate hikes of 3.49 percent would occur each years, for up to 36 years. Members of the public, who addressed the commission, largely opposed the increases. Many said the hikes would be an unfair burden on the poor. The Republican-led commission voted 3-2 to approve the hikes, with the vote falling along party lines. It is part of he county's plan to exit bankruptcy. Commission President David Carrington (R-Vestavia) said he couldn't say if it's the best deal, but added, "It's the best deal I could get."