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May 2, 2012 2:41 PM

Learn about proposed Tucson Water rate hikes at meeting tonight

TUCSON - Certain water rate components and fees may increase under a new budget that Tucson Water is proposing - tonight, they are holding a public meeting to discuss these changes.

The first of four public meetings will be held tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. 1st Avenue.

This year's proposal from the Citizen's Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) would raise the monthly service charges and change the residential water rate structure.

The 16-member CWAC, appointed by the City of Tucson Mayor, Council and City Manager's office, spends eight months a year reviewing the Tucson Water budget proposals and then develops rate and fee proposals.

"The CWAC membership represents our customer base well, and they work hard to ensure that rate recommendations are equitable to all customers," said Interim Water Director Sandy Elder. "I encourage our customers to attend one of the informational meetings to learn how the recommendations were developed and to provide comments to Tucson Water staff."

After the fourth meeting, scheduled for May 22 during the Mayor and Council meeting, they are expected to vote on whether or not to adopt the CWAC's recommendations.

Click here to view a PDF document from the City of Tucson with the dates, times and locations of the public meetings.

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