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City of Flagstaff staff return Wednesday evening with more information for Council on why the city needs to increase its water, sewer and reclaimed wastewater usage rates.

Council has been mulling over staff’s requests to increase water utility rates between 3 percent and 7 percent for several months. According to the city, the average residential customer uses around 4,000 gallons of potable water per month. That resident would pay around $11.33 a month, not including fees for sewer, storm water or the monthly fee for a meter. According to Willdan, with a 3 percent increase, the average residential customer would see about a $2 increase in their monthly water bill.

Staff says the increase is needed to make necessary repairs and upgrades to the city’s sewer, water and reclaimed water systems.

After raising concerns about the consultant, Willdan Financial, being directed by staff to use water, sewer and reclaimed water customer data from 2010, Council put the discussion on hold until it could get more information from staff and Willdan.

Council has also asked for more information on what kinds of projects would be funded by the money, the possibility of creating a tiered rate structure for non-residential water users to encourage conservation and revamping the tiered structure for reclaimed wastewater users.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 211 W. Aspen Ave.

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The reporter can be reached at sadams@azdailysun.com or (928)556-2253.

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Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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