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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Using water at home could get more expensive.

The City of Tucson is proposing hikes to help bring in millions of dollars. Wednesday the City wants to hear from the public about the issue.

Right now Tucson Water is proposing two possible rate increases to help bring in an extra $13 million to cover operating costs.  Both proposals would cost customers an extra $3 a month. 

Tucson Water serves more than 700,000 people, and that $3 would add up to cover delivery and services as well as improve infrastructure, according to Tucson Water officials.

Today is the public's chance to speak up about the issue.  Tucson Water is having a town hall meeting about the increased fees, the meeting is happening at the William Clements Recreation Center at 5:30 p.m., near the Pima Community College's East Campus. 

It is the first of four town hall meetings happening in the next week. For those unable to attend this first meeting, there are three more. Here is the information on the remaining three meetings:

-Tuesday, May 13, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - El Rio Neighborhood Center, Multi-Purpose Room 2, (1390 W. Speedway Blvd.)

-Wednesday, May 14, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration Office, (900 S. Randolph Way)

-Thursday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. - Quincie Douglas Library, Large Meeting Room, (1585 E. 36th St.)

Tucson City Council will vote whether to increase water rates in June.

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