Phoenix City Council votes down water rate hike proposal

PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- The Phoenix City Council has voted down a proposed water rate hike Wednesday afternoon.

The proposal, which would have raised water rates in Phoenix by 6% in February 2019 and another 6% in February 2020, was reportedly voted down in a 5-3 vote.

FOX 10 has learned that Acting Mayor Thelda Williams voted "no" on the proposal.

According to city documents, the Water Services Department sough public input on the plan throughout the months of September, October, and November of 2018, and held five open houses, and found that based on feedback, residents are generally understanding of the reasons for the proposed rate increases. The same documents said the proposed water rate hike are estimated to produce $24.1 million of additional revenue in the first full year, and an additional $25 million in the second full year.

The money was needed for aging water pipes, as well as a drought, especially with the potential shortage of the Colorado River, one of the area's major water sources.