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SAWS to discuss potential tax hike at community meetings

By Katherine Garcia | 27 de noviembre de 2012

San Antonio.- Are you wondering how the proposed SAWS tax hike will affect your water bill? Worry no more, because the San Antonio Water System is here to ease your uncertainties.

In an effort to explain the potential 9.9 percent tax rate increase on its customers’ water bill, SAWS will be holding twenty community meetings around San Antonio.

This means that not only will there be two meetings per the city’s ten city council districts, but meetings will also be held at home owners associations and other organizations.

Most of the taxed amount would go towards replacing aging pipes in the city’s sewer system and preventing sewage runoff. An underground desalination plant has also been proposed.

Robert R. Puente, SAWS President and CEO, said the tax increase would be a small price to pay to ensure San Antonio’s water supply will support future generations.

"It is important that we invest in our sewer system to reduce the number of sewer overflows in San Antonio and comply with the federal Clean Water Act,” he stated.

Citizens’ water bills, the tax hike included, would still cost them less than paying as a resident in another city.

An average of $4.93 would be added to the water bill each month.

Those with questions are invited to a community meeting and presentation of the tax hike at the company's headquarters.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28 at SAWS Headquarters, Tower II, CR-145 on 2800 U.S. Hwy. 281 N.

For more information on the tax hikes or to find out when there’s a community meeting near you, log on to www.saws.org/rates or call them at 704-SAWS (7297).

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