So. Your Water Rate's Probably Going Up By 5.7 Percent Next Year

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Psst. Hold on to your wallet.
First, the bad news. Next year, the city estimates that residential users will pay 5.7 percent more for water, according to City Manager Mary Suhm's latest budget briefing (page 35). Wilonsky told you it was coming, right after the city hiked rates last year, again more than five percent.

The briefing doesn't delve too deeply into why, stating only that it's to "continue commitment to provide high quality and sufficient
water and wastewater service to meet customer needs." The briefing from August is more specific. Mostly the pipeline project to Lake Palestine and improvements to outdated pipes and water treatment plants.

Now, the good news. This year's increase will be less than the 7.3 percent Suhm predicted in August.

"Years out, our predictions are pretty broad, so we'll continue to fine tune," Suhm said.

Also, the projected increase for the year after next is only 3.8 percent. That's barely half of the 6.7 percent slated for next year, which is good in away.

The briefing only covered residential rates. Councilman Scott Griggs asked Suhm for information about rates paid by commercial and industrial users, which she promised to provide.

"I just want to see that we're not putting all the burden on our residents," Griggs said. "I want to see that cost shared by everyone we supply water to. It appears that residential is doing their fair share."



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7 comments
Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Dallas water rategoes up every year city manager claims water improvement needs money but money is used for all things.Its an unapproved tax.

Mickister
Mickister

I'm afraid that on one level you are just joking but that on another level you're being somewhat serious.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

We also need to know whether the rates increase for the people in other cities who are using our water. I doubt it, since they don't even have to follow our water restrictions. Time to play "whose water is it, anyway?"

Downndallas
Downndallas

Commercial and industrial users should have been the first ones to pay more.  Can't tell you how many times I've seen MAJOR water main breaks that have gone unchecked for hours, and sprinkler systems that are spewing when it's actually raining. In addition, I've also seen commercial sprinkler heads spewing water onto the street instead of on the lawns.  Suhm should donate the extravagant raise that was given to her back to the people of Dallas who always seem to get the short end of the stick.

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

Amen.  Frackers should not get any water from Dallas.  Texas Monthly has been doing a series on the serious nature of water shortages in Texas and yet, we are allowing billions of gallons to be lost forever.   Somebody tell the paver/developers that there can be no more sprawl if there's no more water. 

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