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Metro submits revised water rate hike recommendations

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Posted at 9:04 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 22:05:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashvillians may see an increase in their water rate soon.

On Friday, Metro Water Services submitted revised recommendations for proposed rate increases. The revisions and recommendations were based on review and comments of the Cost of Service Study that was requested by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office.

In addition to the new rate structure, development-related fee increases will be considered. In 2009, development fees were decreased 50% due to the economic crisis. Although cost studies were periodically completed, development and other fees were never re-established to recover costs.

The proposal includes multi-year rate increases from 2020 to 2024. If approved by Metro Council, the rate adjustments will take effect January 1 2020.

The last time water and sewer rates were increased was in 2011. You can read more here: www.nashville.gov/Water-Services/Proposed-Rate-Increases [nashville.gov]