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Jackson mayor proposes rate increase

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The mayor presented a budget that if approved is a 43 percent increase over last year's. The mayor presented a budget that if approved is a 43 percent increase over last year's.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson residents can expect a water and sewer rate increase under Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's proposed budget.

The mayor presented a budget that if approved is a 43 percent increase over last year's. He presented a plan that will rise the average water and sewer bill from roughly $52 to just over $73 per month, including the sanitation fee.

The city's aging infrastructure is mainly responsible for the hike.

Jackson is under a $400 million EPA consent decree, which requires system-wide improvements.

The mayor says the budget includes solutions that aren't popular but are investments in a durable infrastructure that will attract more businesses to the city.

"It's also a necessary decision. It's kind of like you know you're got something that you're got to buy at your house, you've got to repair. The roof is falling down or the sidewalk needs to be fixed. The grass needs to be taken care of, and you don't really have the money to do it, but you've got to do it anyway," Lumumba said.

Jackson residents will save $6.4 million through a school millage decrease.

A public hearing on the budget proposal will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m.

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