Water rates jump 15 percent

September 23, 2008

It’s a catch-22 for the city’s water users: If you use less, your bills will be lower — but that means city revenues will be lower, so officials will have to raise your rates.

Now, the city has done exactly that. Agenda Bill 5882, approved by the City Council on Sept. 15, calls for a 15 percent rate increase.

“Fifteen percent is not a low increase in anybody’s mind,” said Councilman John Traeger. “This was not a fun discussion. A lot of things were out of our control.”

One big item was a $2.2 million outlay for replacement of the Cougar Ridge reservoir, rather than the expected $200,000 for repair, said Sheldon Lynne, deputy director of Public Works Engineering.

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