Water rate hike set for tomorrow and assistance is available - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/30/09

Water rate hike set for tomorrow and assistance is available

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On Wednesday April 1st, the water base rate for most Lubbock households will go from $8 dollars to $18.  In the midst of harsh economic times most residents need a little help.

Councilman Todd Klein says that's where the city's water affordability program comes in.

"The charitably groups are saying we just don't have the money to assist people and that's a new dilemma they are already challenged with the economic forces that our out there. This new factor is just something they can't budget for to assist people so for this one year I want the city to play a role in helping that," said Klein.  

But there are strict requirements.  To qualify for the city's water affordability program you must make $22,000 a year or less and at least one household resident must be 65 or older, mentally or physically disabled, or you must have at least one child under the age of 18.

"This project is about making a minor but significant adjustment for those people on modest and fixed income, but I want to be very clear and this is not a massive amount of money to offset the full impact," said Klein.  

If you think you qualify, call for a pre-screening. The number is 775-2291.

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