Monroe City Council votes in favor of water rate increase

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The one thing you can’t live without. 

Water.

The Monroe City Council is hoping their decision to increase the cost of water will make sure residents never have to.

“The right thing was done tonight and it’ll benefit everybody ultimately,” Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said.

After water the controversy sparked water meetings in every district they hope they have the answers that will keep a major problem at bay.

“I just had to make what I thought was the best decision based on some critical issues that we almost face this passed summer and the last couple of years,” City Councilman Michael Echols said.

The water rate increase was approved in a 3 to 2 vote. Echols was reluctant want to, but his vote broke the tie.

“I feel sorry for the citizens it was a no win situation,” Echols said.

With his plan for a longer solution, for a 10 year plan, promised to be vetoed by the Mayor Mayo.

He says he had no choice.

“I had another proposal  on the table he guaranteed he was gonna veto that,” Echols said.

Everyone doesn’t agree on the plan, but they do agree the most important thing is the safety of the residents and avoiding the potential threat of a water crisis like other areas have suffered in Northeast Louisiana.

The money will be used to expand the city’s water treatment plant as well as other distribution projects.

“Most communities cannot continue to have growth because they don’t’ have the water supply,” Mayo said.

The  rate is set to increase by 30% in the first year and another 30% in the second year. Mayo believes the increase will only affect residents with a “minimal amount” of $7.00 in its first year.
 

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