Hillsboro looks at water rate increases for 2020

Cornelius water customers would see their rates hiked nearly 10%. Most of Hillsboro’s rates would go up less.

For the third time in four years, the City of Hillsboro is looking at raising water rates for customers in the city, as well as Cornelius, Gaston and Laurelwood.

The city’s utilities commission plans to consider the matter in October, but Hillsboro officials are hoping for feedback from the community about the changes by the end of this month.

If approved, the water rate increases would go into effect next year.

The proposed increases would raise the rate for single-family homes by 4.9%, nearly the same increase the city imposed last year, when it raised water rates for single-family customers by 5%. According to the city, a typical resident living in a single-family home uses about 6,000 gallons of water per month. Their water bill would increase by $1.68, from $34.34 to $36.02.

Customers are charged based on how much water they use, as well as the frequency they use. Actual percentages are expected to…

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