Huntsville City Council To Host 2 Town Hall Meetings About Proposed Water Rate Hike

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – You’ve likely heard about Huntsville Utilities’ plan to increase water rates early next year.  The Huntsville City Council is holding two meetings to get public feedback.

The meetings are tonight and tomorrow night (Monday and Tuesday, December 17 and 18).  Tonight’s meeting, hosted by Councilman Bill Kling, is at 7 p.m. at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library in meeting room ‘A’.

Councilman Richard Showers will host Tuesday night’s meeting at 6 p.m. at the Showers Recreation Center, located at 4600 Blue Spring Road.

This would be Huntsville Utilities’ first water rate increase since 2007.  Council members want to hear from residents who will be paying higher rates, several of whom have already told them they couldn’t afford it.

The rate hike would cost the average customer another $3 early net year, and $10 within four years.  For someone with a sprinkler system, it would mean about $21 more per month by 2014.

Huntsville Utilities, a non-profit public agency, said the increase would help fund a new water treatment facility, which is estimated to cost $100 million.  The facility is currently under design.

The Huntsville City Council will vote on the water rate increase in the coming weeks.

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