WATER RATES: Increases For Some

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The Water Works Board of Trustees has proposed a new budget for 2013.

Some good news for Des Moines residents, the proposed budget would include a zero rate increase.

However, several unincorporated Polk County communities could face a 5% rate increase. Water Works says communities like Pleasant Hill, Cumming, Alleman and Runnells have more significant infrastructure needs which justify the increase.

A complete list of the rate structure is available here. The proposed rates will go into effect April 1, 2013.

The board will hold a public hearing for the proposed 2013 budget on Tuesday, November 27 at 3:30 p.m.

“The Board’s actions are the result of significant efforts by staff to reduce costs during a period of difficult economic challenges for our customers,” said Bill Stowe, CEO and General Manger, Des Moines Water Works.  “However, a zero rate increase will not likely be repeated as the Board moves toward greater investment in the water utilities’ infrastructure and rate increases more consistent with the challenges of producing and delivering water.”

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