CITY HALL— Glendale Water & Power officials faced a skeptical audience Tuesday as they presented the City Council with a proposed water rate increase aimed at recouping lost revenue.
Utility officials have proposed a 3.8% net rate increase that would translate into about $2.35 more per month. The utility's budget has been pared to the "barebones," and the increase is needed to maintain financial stability, they said.
The proposal comes a year after the City Council voted to restrict outdoor watering to three days per week, which led to an 18% drop in water and a $6 million loss in revenue.
The utility has also grappled with price spikes from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which supplied about 56% of the city's water supply this year.
"That's been an ongoing [price] increase and it will continue in the long term," General Manager Glenn Steiger said.
But on Tuesday, some council members said it would send the wrong message to consumers.