Tucson Water town hall meetings

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Water customers could see an increase in their bill in less than three months.

Since the beginning of May, Tucson Water has hosted town hall meetings about rates. The second of the four was held at Quincie Douglas Library on May 9. The goal of the meetings are to allow customers to voice their opinions about the rate increase.

There are three options for the rate increase. Option A would increase the monthly bill $3.18, option B is the highest increase at $3.68 and option C is the lowest increase at $2.91.

The increase is to help pay for Tucson Water's operating cost. The cost for fiscal year 2014 more than $150 million.

"Almost 75 percent of our cost are fixed so it doesn't matter how much water we sell, these cost still remain," said Fernando Molina from Tucson Water.

Two more town halls are scheduled on May 14 at Randolph Regional Center and on May 15 at William M. Clements Recreation Center. Then on May 21 at the Tucson City Council meeting there will be a public hearing. Following that hearing, Mayor and Council are expected to recommend a rate increase.

To see the slide show of the rate options click the link below.

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