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Baltimore City Council members call for independent study of recently announced increase in water rate

Baltimore City Council members call for independent study of recently announced increase in water rate

Five members of Baltimore’s City Council are demanding that the Department of Public Works launch an independent study to justify a recently announced water-rate increase.

Under DPW’s proposal, which will go before the city’s spending board Wednesday, water rates would go up more than 9 percent every year for three years, resulting in an approximately 30 percent increase over time.

The city, citing costly but necessary improvements to its aging water and sewer systems, has raised rates regularly in recent years, to the point that residents pay double what they did nine years ago.

The latest rate hike, which would take effect July 1, would add $8 a month to a typical bill...

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