Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Some say it's a move that is long overdue. as Johnson City trustees approve a water rate increase that will take effect by the first of next month.
The water rate hike comes after seven years of flat rates that officials said led to a mounting debt of nearly $800,000.
Customers inside the village will see an increase of $10 on the village's base rate of water consumption, which is 1000 cubic feet. For every 100 cubic feet of water used beyond that, the rate goes up to $2.25.
Those living outside the village will pay $3 for that additional water.
Some residents wanted to know why the rate hike took so long; so did Mayor Greg Deemie.
"I've been saying for years, even before I was on the board, that they should have been increasing the percentage every year because it would have been easier for the people doing it that way," Deemie said.
Deemie said the village board will examine the rest of its budget to find other ways to save.
The new water rates take effect April 1.