PITTSBURG -- A public hearing on a proposal to increase water rates will be held Monday.

The proposal calls for residential and businesses to see an annual rate increase of 4 percent over four years to help pay for operations, maintenance and improvements to the city's water treatment and delivery system and to cover increased costs for buying water from the Contra Costa Water District, said a staff report that recommends approval of the higher rates.

Sewer rates would stay the same, which means under the proposal the rate increase for combined water and service would go up 3.7 percent annually.

Under the proposal, the average residential rate for combined water and sewer service would go from $79.24 to $82.19, effective March 2014. Notices about the proposed rate increases were included with utility bills sent out in November.

No action will be taken at Monday's hearing. The matter will come back to the City Council for continued comments and possible action at the City Council's Jan. 21 meeting.

Monday's hearing will take place during the City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the third floor Council Chamber, 65 Civic Ave., Pittsburg.

Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.



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