Council President To Reopen Water Rate Discussion
SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Council President Joe Shogan is working to reopen the discussion about water rates in the City of Spokane, following significant public concern about high summer watering bills that were generated under the tiered rate structure that took effect in January 2011.
The Council President has filed a new proposed water rate ordinance and said that he also was open to considering additional proposals including one to be brought forward by Mayor Mary Verner. The Mayor allowed water rate increases approved by Council last month to go into effect without her signature, and said she would develop an alternative proposal for consideration.
"We have had several hundred or more complaints from citizens who don't understand the rationale behind the amounts of their most recent water bills," says Shogan. "Because of this, I feel that now is the time to review and evaluate our entire water rate structure to include the base rate, consumption rates, and other charges."
The Council President's work is intended to initiate and prompt a vigorous debate about this issue, with the goal of creating financial viable, functional, and understandable rate structure that would take effect by Jan. 1, 2012.
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