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Water rate study released to city officials

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Could you be paying too much for your water and sewer bill?
Shreveport citizens took a rate hike to pay for leaky pipes.
But a study says the hike may have been too high.
City officials received results of the water and sewer rate study Tuesday, and they say in a few months adjustments could be on the way.
City officials say, we still have a massive problem, and it's going to take millions of dollars to fix, but what you pay for water and sewer could see a little bit of a drop.

"We need to be sure that our rates are covering those costs, we don't need to make a lot extra but we need to make sure we're covering those costs and right now, we're not consistently doing that." City councilman Michael Corbin says they are working to adjust water rates in your favor. "What this would do in many cases is lower the monthly bills that citizens see, especially if we go to the tiered option."

The infrastructure committee is looking at a few different options to make some changes.
The most popular one, for example allows customers using less than 3000 gallons of water a month to pay the lowest rate.
Those using between 3 and 6 thousand gallons pay a second discounted rate.
Those using between 6 and 12 thousand will share the same tier.
Finally, those using more than 12 thousand gallons a month will pay the most.
Corbin says, this could be good news for most of Shreveport. "The lower water users who are probably 6 thousand gallons a month or less is probably more than 50% of our customers in the city, and they would probably see a decrease in their bill. What this will do is maybe inject a little more fairness into it because we have heard from citizens who are maybe on a fixed income or a single person who lives in a small house and their water bill went up drastically with the changes that were made."

The idea is just an idea that the city and consultants they are working with are considering. The infrastructure committee will meet again in coming weeks where they can take a closer look at the options available. Officials say if they need to make those adjustments it won't be reflected in your bill for at least another three months.

 

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