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Tucson Water proposes to increase rates

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 21:18:54-04
Starting this summer, water bills may be going up in the Tucson-area. That is if the city council approves the new proposal coming from Tucson Water. 
 
It is aimed at putting more than $9 million back into the budget, avoiding a 2017 budget shortfall. 
 
For most people, that would mean - a water bill would be about $2.50 - $2.69 higher than it is currently. 
 
But. Tucson Water is also planning to cut back themselves. One way, by not worrying about maintenance or operational requests, such as construction projects, that are not in high demand for the area. 
 
Also, they plan on using about $925,000 to help those in need in the community. They want to assist lower income residents with paying their bills with that money. 
 
A public hearing and a vote from the city council is slated for May 17. If approved, it would hit bills beginning July 5. 
 
Tucson Water is hosting a few town halls to show your support or voice your concern. 
 
The first one is on April 20 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Building, Mesquite Room - 900 S. Randolph Way.
 
Another one is on April 26 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Quincie Douglas Library, Large Meeting Room - 1585 E. 36th St. 
 
The final one will be on April 28 at the William Clements Recreation Center, Multipurpose Room - 8155 E. Poinciana Drive.