Disagreement over Lubbock's need to hire water rate consultant - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/22/09

Disagreement over Lubbock's need to hire water rate consultant

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -When it comes to your Lubbock water rates, which went up 46 percent this year, should the city get a professional consultant?  The city has gone out for bid on a consultant to look at the rate structure.  That's not just looking at the cost, although that's part of it.  It's also looking at how much you pay for meter fees versus the price you pay per gallon.

Public records indicate the city is spending on average $66 million per year for water projects and $57 million per year for sewer projects.  At the same time Lubbockites are using less water.  Bid documents say, "The per capita consumption has reduced over a ten year period by 26 percent to 142 gallons per capita per day during fiscal year 2009."

Lower water use means less revenue.

The Water Advisory Commission has requested a consultant, and city staff agreed to put it out for bid.  However, city council is not convinced that it's needed, and if a contract is presented to city council the Mayor tells NewsChannel 11 there is no guarantee it will be approved.

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