CMUD likely to ask city council to approve rate hike

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities says it will likely ask City Council to approve a rate increase.

CMUD says it needs to close a $13.5 million gap in its budget for the upcoming fiscal year, blaming a tough economy.

A customer's fixed charge would increase from $1.80 a month to $2.40.

But the idea angers citizens who've been claiming for months that there's a problem with their bills.

"It's pretty nervy of them to raise rates when the high bill issue for so many has yet to be resolved," said Huntersville resident Lisa Harvey.

CMUD officials say they're working to fix any billing problems, but that the issue can't reflect on the need to raise rates.

"The need for the revenue to keep essential water and sewer services there," said CMUD spokesman Vic Simpson.