Water rates to go up over four years
The city is looking to raise your water rates only four years after the last raise.
At this week's city council meeting, they voted five-to-four to look into raising rates to cover $400 million worth of projects.
Debate raged on Monday night at Laredo’s City Council meeting over water rate hikes that the Utilities Department says are necessary.
Some council members did not want to vote on this issue because they say they didn't have all the facts.
Other rate hikes have focused on commercial properties but this hike will be different.
Only four years ago, the city of Laredo City Council voted ‘yes’ to raising water rates for projects that included a secondary water source.
That idea was scrapped because of cost issues but the city is now looking to build a water treatment plant.
While rates in Laredo are still below the Texas average they could raise by an average of up to $3 a month, every year.
The city's projections have Laredo doubling in size by 2060 and say they are barely keeping up as it is now, and demand is only going to grow.
The city says the average Laredo home pays $20 a month less than the average for the State of Texas.