Greensboro, NC-- Greensboro water customers should prepare for rates to go up in July.
On Thursday morning, Steven Drew, the Director of Water Resources with the city of Greensboro presented their budget to city council.
It includes an increase in water rates for people within the city of Greensboro and those in the county.
Council members supported the increase with the exception of Tony Wilkins. Wilkins told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that he couldn't vote for something that would take money from people's pockets.
The proposed rate would increase rates for Greensboro residents by 3.5%. That's roughly $1.29 per month. That means the average bill would be $37.03.
For residents outside the city, rates would increase 7.5% which is about $5.95 per month. The average bill in the county would be $84.96. The increase would likely start in July.
The average residential bill is calculated at 748 gallons of water usage.
The plan proposes that by Fiscal Year 2019, city residents on average would pay $48.15 per month. Outside residents would pay $120.37.
Click on the attached PDF to see the entire proposal.
Steven Drew told News 2 that the increased rates are necessary to repair and replace old infrastructure. The immediate need is to repair underground piping that was installed in the 1930's.
"It's a ticking clock and there's really not much time to keep putting off maintenance and rehab on infrastructure. Water rates have been traditionally low in Greensboro and rate increases have been deferred before in the past," said Drew.
According to Drew's research, Greensboro water rates are among the lowest in the state. Winston-Salem and Burlington are the only two cities with lower rates. High-Point has higher rates.
The city of Greensboro increased rates last year by 3.5%.
City council will likely vote on the proposed rate increased in May or June when the vote of the city's budget. Drew feels confident the increase will pass.
WFMY News 2, Greensboro Water Resources Department