CMUD seeks rate hike on customers

CMUD seeks rate hike on customers

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by DIANA RUGG / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 9 at 6:07 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities wants to add about $2 a month to your bill, if you're an average user.

The extra fee would raise about $12 million next year to repair leaky pipes around the city.  Leaks from underground pipes create sinkholes which stop traffic and cause major, costly repairs.

The city council is scheduled to debate the rate increase at its meeting Monday night.

The city council budget proposal says the increase amounts to a 3.1% increase for water and sewer rates -- about $1.73 per month for the average user -- and a 3% increase for storm water rates, which would amount to about 24 cents a month to the average user.

The storm water rate would be a few pennies higher for larger homes with more than 2,000 square feet of impervious, or solid, area like roofs, patios, and driveways.

While $2 a month may not seem like a major expense, some customers say it comes on top of years of little increases in a lot of the monthly bills they pay.

They don't want to pay another hike in fees.

"I'd rather not obviously," said Tom Montefusco, who lives across from a small leak that has bubbled out of the road for about a year. "I know that some taxes are necessary, but they seem to kind of do this all the time."

The water, sewer, and stormwater rates are just one area of the budget up for discussion Monday.

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