Santa Rosa set to raise water rates

December 4, 2011 1:50:02 PM PST
The Santa Rosa City Council is set to raise water rates again on Tuesday.

Residents already pay the highest rates in Sonoma County, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

The increase would be about 6 percent over the next two years, smaller than the 9 percent annual spikes seen over the past decade.

The proposed increase would also target customers who conserve water: Most of the increase is in the fixed portion of the bill that everyone pays regardless of water use.

The average bill is expected to go up from the current $144 monthly to $153 monthly by 2013.