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Rate hike proposed for Cheney

Water usage increase is one of two in 2018 budget; would catch up with infrastructure


November 2, 2017

John McCallum

Cheney's well No. 3 is located on Erie Street between Cedar and Oak streets. Because it's close to three other high-producing wells, city officials believe a redrilling might also yield more water for use in irrigation.

Cheney residents could see an increase in their utility rates in 2018, should the city's Public Works Department budget proposal receive council approval. The increase is one of two proposed to deal with infrastructure needs, with the other being from the Light Department.

At a budget public hearing held at the City Council's Oct. 24 meeting, Public Works Director Todd Ableman said the proposal bumps the residential water usage base rate from its current $8.26 to $10. The usage rate increases to $1.40 per 100 cubic feet from $1.05 and $24 per 1,000 cubic feet, up from $18.76.

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