HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-Customers of Huntsville Utilities got a chance to sound off on a proposed water rate hike Monday night.
Just over a dozen people attended a neighborhood meeting held by City Councilman Bill Kling at Huntsville Public Library, with Huntsville Utilities administrators also on hand. Those officials told audience members the rate hike is needed for a new water treatment plant in Marshall County that will expand Huntsville's overall water supply. The proposed increase would raise roughly $17 million over four years, and be used to pay off debt on the $100 million treatment plant near Guntersville Dam.
If the rate hike is approved, the average monthly residential bill would increase by just under $10 over the next four years. Councilman Kling said he has not yet made up his mind on how he will vote.
"I'm undecided right now," said Kling. "What are the future needs going to be? Obviously, we don't want to run out of water or get into water rationing which some cities have to do in the summertime. We're going to look at all the facts."
Huntsville City Council could vote on the proposed rate hike as soon as this Thursday. Councilman Kling said he was mulling over a proposal that would put off the rate hike vote until after the New Year holiday.
Huntsville Utilities last raised its water rates in 2007.