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Bossier City Considers Water and Sewer Rate Hike

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Water and sewer rate hikes may be on the way for Bossier City customers. City leaders are looking at a potential 41% percent increase.  That's around $15 more a month-- on the average water bill. But some say everyone can't afford the rate hikes.

Tamara Crane, Executive Director for the Bossier Council on Aging said, "Sometimes they have to make decisions in their living, do they buy medicine, do they buy food, do they choose to drive. Being that they're only getting a 1.5 percent cost of living increase this year that could have a really big impact on them because every dollar counts."

Bossier City Councilman Jeff Darby said, "It's just a lot of money for person's who are having a hard time in this economy." Darby says residential customers could see their bills go from about $16 to more than $30 bucks. Commercial customers will go from about $60 to $120 dollars. And if you live outside of the city limits, Darby says your bill could go from about $25 to $47 dollars. "It's hard for me to feel confident voting in favor of that because people are hurting so much already."

City officials say they aren't facing threats from the federal government about their aging water and sewer system. They're just looking to be proactive and upgrade pipes. Darby said, people simply can not afford unnecessary rate hikes, "If push comes to shove, then we can consider an increase in sewer rates. I just don't think this is the time to do that."

Recently Bossier passed a measure for residents to pay $8 dollars extra a month for their trash service. That rate increase will also be reflected on water bills come January 2014. Bossier City residents will have to combine that trash fee with the new water and sewer rate hike, if the measure passes.

 

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