Lubbock City Council will discuss the new water rates this week, and residents are speaking out about the hefty increase. Right now, we pay about $8 a month as a base rate for water, but the proposed plan has households paying $22 a month, and also includes a 16% increase in the bill for high volume users. Some folks are worried these new rates will hit folks with fixed incomes hardest.
"We were looking at some of our stuff out front. It needs water bad. No rain, feel like we can't afford to turn the hose on to get a trickle out of the hose to water the cotton-pickin flowers," says Lubbock resident Austin Hancock.
If the council approves the new cost adjustments, the city plans to keep rates at their new levels until December 2010.