The City of Spokane has raised the water bills of residents by more than $100 per year. The vote was conducted on Monday night by Spokane City Council members, and they aren’t done yet. Another vote next week could raise the cost for solid waste disposal for anyone using the city for trash pickup. All of the new rates would go into play at the beginning of the 2012 calendar year.
The first vote raises water rates an additional $1.63 on average per household, and then the city voted to increase the wastewater utility rate by an average of $6.15 per month. All combined, that is an average increase of $9.20 per month that everyone in the city may have to start paying in January. For a full year, that is over $110 total that the average resident will have to pay, meaning that there will be quite a few that have to pay more than that in 2012.
In a struggling economy where money is already tight, price increases like this are horrible to force upon city residents. This is what the elected officials have voted for though, so it’s an important thought to keep in mind with election season right around the corner.