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  • Town Hall May 25 offers chance to address water rates

    The city of Tucson has proposed a differential water-rate structure based on residency, which the Pima County Board of Supervisors in April voted to oppose. 

    The City’s proposal would affect over 70,000 Tucson Water customers who live in unincorporated Pima County. The City is considering options that would increase water bills as much as 50 percent. About 29 percent of Tucson Water customers live in unincorporated Pima County.

    The Tucson Mayor and Council will consider the rate increase at their June 8 public meeting. The City will hold a virtual town hall on May 25. If approved, the rates would be effective July 1. Information on the City’s proposal, the town hall meeting and survey to share comments or concerns is on the City’s website.
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors and County Administration have raised concerns about inequities the proposed rate structure would create for unincorporated county residents as well as the flawed assumptions of city officials in drafting the proposal.  These concerns are highlighted in County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s May 10 memo to the Board of Supervisors.

    The proposed differential rate plan is not based on increased costs to the City to provide water service.  It is simply a revenue generating strategy that punishes customers who live outside the City limits.

    The public can attend a virtual meeting the city of Tucson has planned on rate structures and share their comments or concerns at this website.
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