By Bill O'Neil
Get ready to open your wallet a little wider for SAWS.
San Antonio's City Council has signed off on a two-year rate increase--after the utility told Council Members it listened to what everyone had to say about the plan.
"One lady said are you sure you can do all of that with just a five-percent rate increase. Others said not only no--but reduce your budget" SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente sauid ahead of the vote. Mayor Julian Castro said he's convinced SAWS did everything it could to lessen the sting of what will be higher bills.
"They have been responsible. I believe the request SAWS has in front of us is a reasonable request" Castro said. Councilman Carlton Soules said it could have been worse.
"I think we've done a good job. I think we can continue to do a good job and continue to support looking at efficiencies" Soules said--his effot to try to get SAWS to come back to the Council for the second half of the rate increase next year was defeated.
Under the plan, two separate increases of more than five-percent will be enacted--one this year--a second next year.