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Long Beach City Council Approve 12% Water Rate Increase

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Long Beach residents will see a 12% hike in their water bills beginning next month.

The City Council voted 7-1, with Councilman Al Austin dissenting, during its Tuesday, Sept. 10 meeting to approve a decision the Water Commission made earlier this year to increase rates, effective Oct. 1.

Chris Garner, the Water Department’s general manager, said ahead of the Water Commission’s vote that the higher rate would offset increases in supply costs. The department also sought to invest more in local infrastructure that could lower costs in the long-term, Garner said.

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