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Water rate hike passes in Steubenville

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 02:50 AM EST

Steubenville, OH -

Dozens pack inside Eastern Gateway Community College for a town hall meeting concerning a water rate hike in Steubenville on Tuesday night.


The rate increase passed during a council meeting that followed after the town hall, but many of the residents who had made the trip left before the ordinance even went through. For city leaders and residents it was a long but productive two hours.


“I think everyone agrees that the infrastructure needs fixed but as usual we put the cart before the horse," said one resident.


Despite a large outcry for more time by city councilman Bob Villamagna and a number of residents the rate adjustment passed.


"I don't know I'm upset,” said resident Nick Tsouris “I never seen nothing like this before."


After the meeting the mayor gave us an idea of what customers can expect come February.


"Council adopted a new rate adjustment, which means a minimum user of 2,000 gallons will see a $6.50 increase per month that will go into effect 30 days from today," said Mayor Domenick Mucci.


At the end of the night concerns weren't centered around dollars and sense but transparency, delinquency, and waste.


"Til they clean up their own act how can they expect us citizens to clean up it for them," said John Poole.


"I'm not frustrated and I understand that the system is old and they're doing the best they can but the delinquency upsets me to no end,” said resident Richard Maloney. “It needs to be overhauled very badly."

City leaders say the money will be used to replace aging pipelines. To be certain residents requested that another meeting be held to present the city's plan of action. Officials say they will be ready for that meeting in March.

Water rate hike passes in Steubenville

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