The Eagle Pass Waterworks System will be delaying an increase in rates for this coming fiscal year.
EPWWS General Manager Jorge Barrera presented an item seeking City Council’s approval to delay the EPWWS
effective date of the fifth-year increase of the Water and Wastewater Utility Service Rates.
Barrera stated that the Eagle Pass Waterworks System Board of Trustees had moved to delay the increase for this year due to the many problems associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic.
“We are seeking to delay this increase until next year as we do not want to burden our residents further,” said Barrera.
Barrera explained that the increase is part of a packet that had been passed back in 2016 under the EPWWS Capital Improvement Projects planning that would have an increase to fees for five years until 2020.
The delay will allow for the EPWWS to skip the increase in 2020 and revisit it the following year.
The Eagle Pass City Council voted in favor of the resolution request.
Back in 2016 at the recommendation of the EPWWS Board of Trustees, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 2016-24 which approved increasing the water and wastewater utility service rates each year from October 1, 2016, through October 31, 2020. Those revenues would be used for numerous capital improvement projects including the downtown waterline replacement project and others.
EPWWS and the City of Eagle Pass recognize that the local community and ratepayers of EPWWS are having difficulty paying their water and wastewater utility service bills.
EPWWS and the City of Eagle Pass desire to delay the effective date of the fifth-year increase of the water and wastewater utility service rates as a way of assisting the local community and its ratepayers during this Covid-19 pandemic.