City Council Votes To Raise Water Rates - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

City Council Votes To Raise Water Rates

SPOKANE, Wash. - After a month long debate and a few different plans, the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to raise water rates in the city.

According to the Water Department, water rates have not kept pace with spending over the last few years forcing them to dip into their reserves, which they say are now dangerously low.

The proposal approved Monday night includes a .25 cent water service fee increase and a 16%  consumption rate increase equaling a jump of $1.63 per month on the average water user.

All of the money collected will stay within the water department and go towards maintenance and upkeep of Spokane's 128 year-old water system.

Hoping to avoid rate hikes this steep in the future, the council hopes to have a smaller, sustainable increases every year.

Residents can expect to see an increase in their bills starting in January

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