Baker City Council introduces water and sewer measures

Proposed ordinance to increase water bills in Baker goes before council

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Raising the water rate will once again be up for debate for a city in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The Baker City Council introduced two measures Tuesday night. One is for water and the other is for sewer. The mayor and other city leaders are looking for ways to plug financial holes and believe a water rate hike will help.

Councilman Pete Heine introduced the ordinance. It would increase water utility from $9 to $15. On average, the rate hike could mean average monthly utility bills between $40 and $80 for water and sewage rates.

"If we don't do this, that's when we're going to get into some of those major cuts," Heine said prior to the meeting. "We're going to cut services, employees and be operating on a shoestring. But we've got to get in the real world. We are in serious financial trouble."

People in Baker will get a chance to voice their opinions before the council votes at the next meeting, which is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2015.

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