Water rate increase proposed in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro city staff made a recommendation to city council members Tuesday to charge more money for water and sewer services.

Staff members told council the rate increase would pay for aging pipes and necessary improvements the city must help pay for at Jordan Lake.

City staff made two proposals. The first would increase rates over five years. The first year’s increase would be for 5 percent, which comes to about $1.74 more for the average residential bill.

The second proposal would increase rates over seven years, but the first year’s increase would be slightly lower at 4.75 percent. That would make for an average residential bill increase of $1.65.

Council members did not make a decision today. They did vote, though, to have staff members continue to research an increase as they prepare for the budget for the next fiscal year.

Councilwoman Trudy Wade was the one council member who did not believe the city should continue to explore a water rate increase. She said the city should at least wait until the local unemployment rate goes below the national average.

Mayor Robbie Perkins said it’s irresponsible for the city to not keep up with its infrastructure needs.

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