Debate on Fresno's water rate hike gets heated

FRESNO, California

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The mayor said the city's aging plants need an upgrade to ensure clean water for future generations. City leaders believe construction of a new facility will also pump up production. The plan comes with a more than $400 million price tag.

Council members have approved a monthly rate hike. Mayor Swerengin believes it's a necessary increase, but opponents say it's too expensive for residents.

Opponents are heading to court to pave the way for a ballot measure so residents can vote on an increase.


The city of Fresno is holding two open houses to hear from the public about the water issue.

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Foyer of New Exhibit Hall
848 M Street
5-7 p.m.
Parking will be free in downtown for this open house.

Friday, Dec. 13
Silver Dollar Hofbrau
333 E. Shaw Avenue
Noon-1:30 p.m.

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