City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve the first reading of an ordinance to raise water rates in Beverly Hills by 7 percent for fiscal years 2012/13 and 2013/14.
The city estimates that the average residential customer will incur an increase of $12 a month or 40 cents a day. Commercial customers are expected to see an increase in their monthly bill of 5 percent or less.
The increase will cover the cost of higher rates charged by the Metropolitan Water District, and also help pay for ongoing replacement and retrofitting of Beverly Hills' aging infrastructure, according to a statement from the city.
By the end of 2013, Beverly Hills plans to have replaced or retrofitted most of its reservoirs and deteriorating water manes.
The dissenting vote on the matter was cast by Vice Mayor John Mirisch. The second and final reading on the proposed adoption of the ordinance is scheduled for the June 7 formal council meeting.