Water-Related News

Winter Haven water rate study supports annual increase

A water rate study presented to city commissioners Monday night supports the city's 2.5 percent automatic annual increase and proposes restructuring customer classes, which would cause some to see changes in their bills — but only by pennies.

"Some will recognize a few pennies more and some a few pennies less," Finance Director Cal Bowen said, "but overall, we will not generate any more money from this."

The city would bring in some extra bucks with its automatic annual water rate increase, though.

Commissioners didn't take any action Monday, but Commissioner Pete Chichetto questioned what would happen if the city didn't continue the annual increase.

The annual increase started in 2011, when the last rate study was conducted.