water rate

Michael Keating

Cincinnati Council is saying 'yes' to bike sharing and 'no' to a 7.5 percent water rate hike.

Council agreed to raise water rates for Greater Cincinnati Water Works customers but only by four percent, under a compromise authored by Vice Mayor David Mann.

Council member Yvette Simpson opposed the compromise saying four percent now will only lead to an even bigger increase next year.

Fellow Council member Wendell Young says if that's the case next year, he'll vote "no." But he says a "yes" vote now sends a signal to the leadership at Water Works.

A Cincinnati council committee is again delaying a decision on whether residents will see their water bills increase.

Council is considering three options: a 7.5 or 4 percent increase, or no rate hike at all.

Water Works Director Tony Parrott said no rate increase will cripple efforts to replace aging parts of the distribution system. The goal is one percent per year.

Last week Cincinnati Council members could not agree on whether to raise city water rates.  They will try again during a public hearing Monday.