Questions about water rate hike - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/31/09

Questions about water rate hike

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council members voted to raise the base rate on Lubbock water bills earlier this month. For most residents, that's a jump from $8.00 to $18.00.   

Some citizens want to know what this means. If part of their bill is from March will that reflect the old or new rate?

We talked to Lubbock Deputy City Manager Tom Adams and he says the answer is your bill will reflect the new rate.  He says there is no way to split a rate month to month.

So despite the rate increase taking place in April, part of your March usage will be billed using the new rate. "We do have a number of questions each month from citizens who would think that the water use in March would be billed at the older rate but the way the ordinance is approved as of April 1st the rates do change and become effective," said Adams. 

Adams says they would have to read more than 70,000 meters at midnight on the last day of the month in order to get a true reading for each month.

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