Council may vote to raise Austin Water rates

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by KVUE News

kvue.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 9:07 PM

AUSTIN -- You cut back, and now you could pay more. Austin Water customers could face another rate increase due to the drought.

Aerial photos from the Lower Colorado River Authority last month show levels at Lake Travis remain low.

As KVUE first reported two weeks ago, Austin Water's revenue came in about $27 million less than budgeted last year because customers cut back.

So far this year, the agency is about $10 million behind.

The city council approved a rate hike last year. A second increase could be right around the corner.

"In last year's budget forecast, around this time last year we projected about 5 percent increase for 2015," said David Anders, the assistant director of finance and business services at Austin Water. "It's probably going to be a little higher than that because we have had the revenue below budget the last year and a half now."

Anders said proposed rate increases usually go before the city council in July, with members voting in September. If approved, the rates would most likely go into effect in November.
 

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