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Water Bills Are Being Raised in 2023
City Council unanimously approves the increased rates
In August 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the 11th Annual Student Christian Leadership Congress (SCLC) in Atlanta, Georgia before over 100 Black leaders. In his address, he stated, “You begin to ask the question, “Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water?”
Last night, the Columbus City Council unanimously approved legislation to increase residents' water, sewer and stormwater rates for 2023. The increase will add an additional “$56.29 annually” said Councilmember Rob Dorans prior to motioning for a vote from his colleagues. “I’d like to point out that the adjustments are less than last year.”
Since water bills are issued quarterly, residents can expect to see an additional $14.07 increase per billing cycle. During the meeting it was stated that the proposed rate increases were intended to help cover new expenses the city was facing. In addition to its debt service costs for the city’s $4 billion capital improvement program.
Deputy Director of Fiscal Operation, Jonathan Lee exclaimed, “Our operations are not immune to these increases and we have experienced significant increases in materials, supplies, chemicals and construction costs in 2022.”
Low Income + Senior Discount Program
Councilmember Dorans took time to explain the City’s Low Income Discount Program and said that it will continue to stay in place helping those who qualify and need the assistance. Participants currently enrolled in the program, who get 20% off their bills, will see an overall increase of 4.42%.
For more information about the low-income or senior discount or if you need assistance, visit the city’s website.
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