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Mayor Bell calls for water rate increase in Toledo

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The mayor is calling for a raise in water rates, but will Toledo City Council approve the measure?

Toledo City Council has been provided with information from the mayor's office for a plan to increase water rates to help pay for future repairs at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.

For the average home owner currently paying $174.36 per year, based on 3,000 cubic feet of water use per quarter, the annual bill would increase to $299.36 by 2018. For seniors and those with a homestead discount, the current annual rate of $43.60 would increase to $74.84 per year by 2018.

Councilman Mike Collins says City Council will take a close look at the plan, but there is no denying the need for improvements to the city's water plant.

"The only way you can describe it: It's deplorable. I don't blame the employees that work in that plant, I blame the lack of political leadership in this community to address this," said Collins. 

Collectively, City Council members will have their first chance to comment on the water rate proposal Tuesday at the agenda review session.

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