City Council To Review New Plan For Water Rates

By Steve Crump - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A Charlotte City Council plan could tack on extra dollars to your water bill.

Balancing the pain of higher water bills is becoming a complicated juggling act for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities Department.

Before anyone sees higher fees, city council will have to sign off on a new rate structure, and the early numbers are confusing at best for District Four representative Michael Barnes.

He said, "We are raising the rates on a majority of people who don't use a lot of water, and we are lowering the rates on people who use a lot of water."

On average, CMUD's new plan would impact the average customer roughly six dollars a month.

CMUD wants to charge more for water usage and less for sewer services, which may give local industries a break.

Some customers paying the monthly bill are concerned about the timing.

Robin Webber is among those who doesn't like the idea.

"With the economic situation we all are in, we're trying to save as much as we can," she said.

Councilman Barnes wants more information before council takes a vote.

"For folks who are using a lot of water, they should pay a fair rate. For people who don't they should pay a fair rate as well."

The final vote is scheduled for the February 28, but based on the request from Councilman Barnes for additional details the vote could be delayed by several weeks.

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