Council approves water rate hike for Lawrence residents

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LAWRENCE, Ind.– Some taxpayers in Lawrence will pay more for water starting this summer.

Monday night, the city’s common council passed a water rate hike in a 6-2 vote. FOX59 first told you about the 97 percent increase proposal in March. After our story aired, and residents met to discuss it, the city dialed the plan back.

Rates will increase by 68 percent in either June or July. In 2019, they’ll go up again by about 7 percent, and then another 11 percent in 2020.

The plan also takes into account people on fixed incomes and the elderly; anyone considered “low usage” will not see their rates increase for three years.