Councilman calls for reform of water rates

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Updated: 8/22/2013 12:59 am
District 3 Councilman Todd Klein has called for reform in the way we are charged for drinking water. 

Klein said the current rate model lacks transparency, equity and structural integrity. He has asked the council to have the Lubbock Water Advisory Committee review a number of proposals, including the elimination of using the average winter consumption instead of having a baseline charge. 

"Get away from AWC, separate out commercial and residential, and then also, look what we can do in terms of making sure that it's revenue neutral," Klein said. "There's no need for people in Block 1, our lower-end users, who are subsidizing higher in consumption, to have to pay more."

Council will take up the item at Thursday's meeting. If passed, Klein hopes to have a report back from the water advisory commission by November. 
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