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E-Scooters to stay, water bills could go up in Tucson

Posted at 10:36 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 07:37:51-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — For the last six months the City of Tucson has experimented with electronic-scooters.

On Tuesday, City Council voted to continue that experiment for another six months.

Supporters argued the e-scooters help curb carbon emissions by offering an alternative to cars.

"If we're serious about combating climate change locally, we need all of the tools that we can get and we know that one way is to get people out of their cars and increase multimodal mobility," said Emily Yetman, Executive Director of 'Living Streets Alliance.'

Ward 6 Councilman, Steve Kozachik, submitted the only vote against continuing the six month pilot program.

He went as far as proposing throwing the e-scooter business out of Tucson all together.

"This is not about whether or not you support climate issues," Kozachick said.

"I find that offensive to suggest that those of use who are done with this program are not sensitive to that, that's not why they're being used."

The city's transportation department pledged to create more designated parking areas for scooters in the next six months.

Rates for water services in the city could go up soon.

City Council voted to let the public know a rate hike could happen.

The city's water department is proposing a 5.5 percent increase that would go into effect in July.

"I'm comfortable talking about it, I'm not comfortable at all telling them that I'm going to vote for a five-and-a-half percent increase this year," said Ward 2 Councilman, Paul Cunningham.

The public will have a chance to give their input at town halls scheduled for later this month.