CITY HALL — The City Council this week set the stage for approving a controversial proposed 3.8%-water rate increase despite pleas from residents who said they already struggle to pay their utility bills.
More than 30 residents spoke Tuesday at a public hearing on the proposed rate hike, which Glendale Water & Power officials say is needed to help meet the rising cost of imported water and less revenue brought on by mandatory conservation rules.
"The reality is we have to deal with the financial shortfall issue," said Glendale Water & Power Commissioner Zanku Armenian.
For the average residential customer, increase would translate into an additional $4.66 on each bill, officials said.
Even if the higher rate is approved, officials have said critical capital projects, including maintenance of some of the city's oldest pipes, will continue to be postponed.