NASHVILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- State officials are telling Metro Nashville to increase what residents pay for water and sewer services, or the state will step in and order a rate hike.
City Councilman-at- Large Bob Mendes tells WMOT the Nashville water department has been on a state list of distressed utilities for three years running. State law does not allow local utilities to operate at a deficit.
Mendes says Water Department officials have been asking for a rate increase for years, but the council and a string of mayors have failed to take action.
“Geographically our city is something like three times the size of the City of Chicago, and getting water service everywhere in 500 square miles is expensive.”
Mendes wouldn’t speculate on the size of a rate increase, but WTVF-TV quotes sources saying a roughly $9 a month hike is being discussed.
Mendes says he expects the council to take up a proposal to increase rates before the end of the year.