Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Wichita City council voted 6-1 in favor of raising water rates. Michael O'Donnell voted against the increase.
The council approved a plan that will raise residential rates by 3.9%, commercial rates by 8.3% and industrial rates by 8.2%.
City water director Alan King says without a rate increase the city will fall further behind on fixing the old water and sewer pipes.
Council member Janet Miller said "I don't want to raise rates, but we don't have any other option."
The new rates will go into effect January 2012. The city manager says the revenue from those increases will help the city catch up, but it won't get the city completely caught up in the costs it's going to take to fix all the infastructure.
The other option the city council considered would have raised rates evenly across the board.