Newark, Delaware City Council to discuss increase in water rates

Members of Newark City Council are set to consider a proposal tonight that would result in a 14.5% increase in water rates.

If approved, the hike would take effect January 1st, 2012 and would raise an additional $800,000 a year for the city.  Newark officials say the increase is necessary to cover operating costs and to pay for necessary improvements.  Capital costs are expected to average $1,600,000 annually over the next five years.  The last water rate increase, which was 35%, took place in 2009.  Newark City Council meets tonight at 7:00 the city administration building, 220 Elkton Road.  CLICK HERE for Council’s meeting agenda.


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