CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — At least one city council member believes a canal could be paid for without a utility rate increase.
However, rate hikes are inevitable.
That's according to City Manager Peter Zanoni. Zanoni says the city's aging water, wastewater, and stormwater systems need to be upgraded.
The wastewater system alone has an 800 million dollar price tag which would see utility rates jump between six and twelve dollars a month.
“We want to be mindful of rate increases to our customers,” said Zanoni.
“We're trying to do things to minimize that, but we do need to increase the rates to pay for
aging infrastructure and having modern infrastructure in terms of our water, wastewater, and storm water.”
That 800 million dollar wastewater project would be paid for over 15 years.