City Seeks to Hike Water Rates 22 Percent

Rate increase would help fund debt service for construction at the Lawton Valley Water Treatment Plant and improvements to Station One Water Treatment Facility.

The city's Utilities Department will be sending notices to residents by April 1 to notify them of a potential rate increase.

The city is hoping to raise about $3 million to help pay for its debt service for the construction of the new Lawton Valley Water Treatment Plant and improvements to the Station 1 Water Treatment Plant.

It would be the third and final request for a rate increase associated with the debt service.

Along with the rate increase, the Newport Water Division wants to start billing its customers monthly. As it stands, residents are billed quarterly.

To go with monthly billing, the existing base charges "must be adjusted for monthly billing," city officials said in a release, but doesn't mean it would be going up.

The new rates would be effective July 1 and subject to approval by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.

The notice that residents will receive states that the annual increase for the average customer who uses 60,000 gallons per year would be $119.60 per year, or 22.1 percent. The example given is an annual bill of $540.28 increasing to $659.88.
Patrick Golden March 21, 2014 at 08:53 PM
We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business? -Will Rogers
Jane Perry March 21, 2014 at 09:22 PM
A friend of mine is a chemist who tests water in the state, when she stops drinking it, I will too. Ya know, we all complain, how many of us show up at a council meeting and voice our concerns? There was a hearing about a water increase and I believe the 'public' that showed up was a reporter, a photographer and maybe one other person. (It wasn't me.) I think George has the right idea, show up at a council meeting. The water bills are outrageous and the sewer part of the bill is the worst!
CurtyNPT March 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM
The next city council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall. I'll be there.
CurtyNPT March 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM
April 9 6:30pm, Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall
Monica Bailey- Rogers March 24, 2014 at 01:18 PM
i haven't seen a protest in front of City hall in decades It couldn't hurt. whats the point of showing up to the council mtg it wont matter. we need a "where not going to take this mentality" (peaceful of course).


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