A proposal by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works would raise water rates by 9% annually beginning next year. The proposal is intended to help with expensive and essential upgrades to the City’s water and sewer systems.
In addition to the rate hike, The Baltimore Sun reports that proposals are also on the table to help City residents who are struggling to meet the ever-rising costs of water. More than 40,000 households are expected to qualify for the discount program:
Meanwhile, the department proposes to launch “Baltimore H2O Assists,” a program that would discount water rates for households with incomes below 175 percent of the federal poverty level, currently $36,365 for a three-person family. Those households would get a 43 percent reduction in water and sewer rates, and also would not have to pay Bay Restoration and Stormwater Remediation fees, the agency said.
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