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Business owners, residents share water bill hike frustrations

Reported by: Marissa Mike

Reported by: Rob Munoz
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Updated: 6/05/2012 5:50 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Irate business owners and residents told Clark County Commissioners this morning that they are drowning in new water surcharge fees.

It's been called that because the county is trying to pay off projects that would ensure the region keeps an ample future water supply for the valley.

But tell that to the dozens of people and business owners that showed up today saying they don't want the buck passed to them.

Some of the business owners present say they've seen their monthly bills jump nearly 400 percent in some cases.

One said their bill went from around $50 a month to almost $400.

The charges are not made based on water usage; instead it’s because of relative water meter size.

The Water Authority is drowning in its own debt, trying to pay for a third stream out of Lake Mead to keep the valley hydrated.

Brian MacAnallen of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce says the bill being passed to business owners is stifling them.

Commissioners also went ahead with agreeing to form a committee made up of at least five residents to review the rates and charges. They'll take a look at ways it can bring relief to business owners and residents.

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