Water rate increase in Biloxi

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mayor A.J. Holloway believes it might be time to raise rates on city water. According to the mayor, the rates haven't been touched in 16 years.

"It's just caught up with us.  I think it's probably going to be more than 15 percent," Holloway told WLOX News.

Biloxi resident Patrick Coon has no problem with the proposal.

"My bill is maybe $30 or $35 a month, so I'd be looking at maybe a $3 or $4 raise. Seems like a small amount to me," Coon said.

Another Biloxi resident, George Ligh, said he's not against raising the rates. But does think the city should take a more gradual approach.

"It seems to me that if you're raising something like this, you would raise it in small increases so the people can get a little more used to it," Ligh said.

City Spokesperson Vincent Creel said a gradual increase is most likely what the city would do.  Even with the increase, the mayor said people in Biloxi would still come out ahead on their water bills.

"If we go up 15 percent, we'll still be the lowest city in the area with water, sewer and taxes," Holloway said.

Creel said the rate increase is being considered because the water department is losing money due to a decrease in casino gaming revenue.

The mayor might try to get the proposal in front of the city council before it adopts a budget on October 1st.

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