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Zanoni: Utility rate hikes inevitable

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Posted at 7:43 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 20:50:10-05

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.

Corpus Christi City Manager Peter Zanoni says the city's aging water, wastewater, and stormwater systems need to be upgraded.

The wastewater system alone has an $800M price tag, which would see utility rates jump between $6-$12 a month.

"We want to be mindful of rate increases to our customers," he said. "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 $800M wastewater project would be paid for over 15 years.