Huntsville Utilities will soon hold two public meetings to discuss a potential water rate increase. The increase would mean that the average residential customer would pay about $10 more per month by 2016.
The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 6 pm inside City Hall. Communications Director Bill Yell Yell says the rate increase is needed to help fund a new $100 million water treatment plant along the Tennessee River.
In a press release Huntsville Utilities explained the need for the increase.
"These rate increases are necessary to pay for the facility and will enable continued economic development while securing an adequate supply of safe, clean, and dependable water for customers in Huntsville and Madison County."
But Huntsville Utilities customer Gabriele Dunsieth says they should find another way to pay for the plant.
"I think it's not a real good idea because also the sewer rates will go up," she said. "I feel like they need to find another way. There are other projects that the city could slow down instead of raising the water bills because I just think its going to create more difficulties for people to pay their bills," she continued.
The first public meeting is Tuesday, December 11th with another on Thursday December the 13th. Both will be held at 6pm at City Hall.