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Council Approves Water Rate Increase

The average residential water bill is expected to rise by about $12 a month.

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.

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Donna Flade May 16, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Vice Mayor Mirisch is the only one who sticks up for the residents as far as taxes and fees go...I know a few elderly who are barely able to afford to stay in their homes..yet the MWD spends thousands on "dog and pony shows" to Team BH members by paying for flights, hotel rooms and meals to present their informercials...Once again...thank you John Mirisch!!!!
Ellen Lutwak February 08, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Need a drink of water and can't find a drinking fountain? This cool new WeTap app locates them in L.A. Would be nice to have this avail in Beverly Hills. Free water! http://venice.patch.com/articles/dwp-launches-drinking-fountain-locator-app

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