DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) — Water rates could soon increase 42.6% in the City of Delphi. The city council passed an ordinance Monday night to approve a bond after its third and final reading.
According to the ordinance, the bond will provide funds to pay for the cost of certain additions, extensions and improvements to the municipal waterworks.
Delphi Mayor Shane Evans said this is a project he's been working on since his third week in office. He said they need water treatment among many things. He knows many people are concerned with the costs, but feels the city is doing what's right.
"I'd ask them to put themselves in my shoes," said Evans. "So that one morning when we wake up and there's no water in the city of Delphi, people are going to ask why we didn't do anything sooner? The fact of the matter is that water rates are going to go up, and nobody likes having higher rates. Nobody likes having higher bills for anything. Their objections are justified."
The next step in the process is for the rate ordinance to be passed. The third and final reading for that is next Monday at 5:30 p.m.
If that passes, customers can see their water bill increase.