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Officials Tackle City Issues: Water & Sewer and Grigsby & Associates

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There's a new proposal for fixing shreveport's water woes. The city council and the mayor are considering a new payment plan to ease the pain of a plan to raise water rates. City officials say your water bill could increase October 2013. It's all an effort to fix sewer problems all across the city that the federal government says is a health hazard.

Members of the city council and Mayor Glover postponed discussing the proposal in Tuesday's city council meeting. The proposal refers to raising water rates in the city of Shreveport in an effort to pay for necessary water and sewer infrastructure upgrades. This means that by October 1st your water and sewer bill could see a spike over the next 12 years.

If you're using 6000 gallons of water a month, your water and sewer bill is estimated to be a little more than $45 dollars. After the rate increase that could go into effect in October, officials estimate your bill will be about $64 dollars. That's a 26% increase in water and a 50% increase in what you pay for sewer. In 2014, there will be another rate increase for the same 6000 gallons a month and you'll be paying about $67 dollars. You wont see an increase in your water rate but sewer rates will increase by 8% each year until 2019, and then 6% until 2021. The rate increase for the payment plan will be in effect until 2024.

City Councilman Jeff Everson says the city can no longer avoid fixing the water and sewer problem. "It's time that we stop kicking the can down the road and invest in making sure our citizens have safe, dependable water and sewerage services."

City officials did not vote on increasing water rates in Tuesday's meeting. They say they want to open the floor for public comment on the issue before they move forward with raising water rates but city officials say, a rate increase is imminent.

Another issue being discussed at today's City Council meeting is moving forward with the bond sale and putting those 2011 Bond tax dollars to work. Mayor Glover and city council members agree that they are ready to get the ball rolling on completing necessary work for the city. The issue they disagree on is continuing to use Grigsby and Associates as the city's financial advisor, or whether they should or how to recoup a little more than $50,000 dollars in over billing by the financial firm. If you remember last year... An internal audit found more than 677 thousand dollars worth of questionable billings from Grigsby and Associates to the City of Shreveport.

 

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