Reynoldsburg resident Cornelius McGrady asked city council's finance committee last week to consider water and sewer rate discounts for senior citizens, veterans and the physically challenged.

Reynoldsburg resident Cornelius McGrady asked city council's finance committee last week to consider water and sewer rate discounts for senior citizens, veterans and the physically challenged.

City council is currently considering two pieces of legislation that, if approved, would increase water rates by 9 percent and sewer rates by 6.25 percent. McCrady asked if the ordinances could be amended to include a discount program.

As a result, council President William Hills asked McGrady to gather information on any programs available and bring it to city council members to review for possible further discussion.

City auditor Richard Harris cautioned, however, that if Reynoldsburg offered such a discount, the cost would most likely have to be offset somewhere else, he said.

"Any kind of program council would decide to enact could possibly change the water and sewer rates for people in the city who don't qualify," Harris said.

For more on this story, see the Nov. 25 edition of ThisWeek Reynoldsburg.