Auburn residents and businesses will see their first water increase in six years.
The City Council voted Thursday to phase in a rate hike for the largest customers, those who are billed monthly. Their rate will go to $2.99 per hundred cubic feet May 1, then to $3.35 next May. Residential customers will be increased directly to $3.35. Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason says the increase is the result of a study of the water fund undertaken every five years. He says even with the increase, Auburn’s rates are in line with those of similar sized cities in upstate New York.
The average customer will pay about $35 more per year. Councilor Tim Locastro voted against the increase.
Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Auburn City Clerk Chuck Mason below.