Derry councilor: Water rate hike doesn’t feel right
Some members said the proposed rate increase came to soon on the heels of another rate increase Manchester Water Works, the wholesale water supplier to the town, had approved just six months before in March. The board wasted little time in voting 7-0 against the plan, which would have increased the average annual water bill by 1 percent.
The last such rate increase by Manchester Water Works took effect about five years ago, according to town staff.
Benson said the proposed rate hike “doesn’t feel right to me.”
The proposed rate increase was prompted by an increase in rates Manchester Water Works approved in June.
Like many other utilities, Manchester Water Works has experienced stagnant growth during the last 10 years. Other factors — such as added costs of water production, main replacements, power and labor — have also created the need to raise rates, according to town staff.
- With non-critical federal services shutting down and no budget deal in sight, whom do you blame for the impasse?
- Both are to blame
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