Medina City Council is expected to approve a water rate hike at tonight’s meeting. The increases, which cover both residential and commercial customers, would be 3 percent each year for the next five years.
Medina City Finance Director Keith Dirham said the increases were recommended by the city’s utility rate review commission and are necessary to keep up with increases from Avon Lake, the city’s water supplier.
“We haven’t kept up with those,” he said. “We want to make sure we offer a competitive price — that’s important to us — but we still have got to cover our costs.”
Dirham said the increases would take effect Jan. 1 each year through 2018.
Now, residential customers pay $11.23 for the first 100 cubic feet of water, $2.38 per 100 cubic feet for the next 3,400 cubic feet and $1.96 per 100 cubic feet for more than 3,500 cubic feet. Those three prices will increase to $11.57, $2.45 and $2.02 in January 2014.
The utility rate review committee looks at the city’s water rates each year during May.
City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 132 N. Elmwood Ave., following Council’s finance committee meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or firstname.lastname@example.org.