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Cincinnati City Council committee rejects to water rate hikes

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A Cincinnati City Council panel on Wednesday rejected two proposed water rate increases.

Members of the council's budget and finance committee failed to approve a 4 percent hike and a 7.5 percent hike in two separate votes.

Vice Mayor David Mann tweeted that the issue has been postponed indefinitely.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works cites capital needs and the fact that customers are using less water. The agency also has said it needs to address some of its aging infrastructure needs, and raising the rate is the most viable option.

Water rates for Greater Cincinnati Water Works and sewer rates for the Metropolitan Sewer District have increased almost every year since 2005, according to the city. The exception was 2011 when there was not a water rate hike.

Here's a breakdown:

Water rates

Fiscal year    Rate increase

2005            5 percent

2006            7.5 percent

2007            7 percent

2008            6 percent

2009           5.9 percent

2010           3 percent

2011            0 percent

2012            8.5 percent

2013          7.25 percent

2014          5.5 percent


Sewer rates

Fiscal year     Rate increase

2005             8.6 percent

2006             7.9 percent

2007             8.6 percent

2008             12 percent

2009             12 percent

2010             11 percent

2011              8 percent

2012              8 percent

2013              5 percent

2014               6 percent

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