BONNEY LAKE, Wash. — We’ve all had the sensation of opening a invoice and seeing a quantity larger than we thought.
However think about opening a water invoice and anticipating one thing round $one hundred seventy five. As an alternative, the invoice is $859.
That’s greater than a uncomfortable feeling. It’s shock.
Dozens of Bonney Lake residents are taking to Nextdoor, Fb and Bonney Lake Metropolis Council conferences after seeing their water and sewer charges improve astronomically prior to now few months. Greater than a $1,000 improve in some instances, some residents say.
“I, like almost all my neighbors, are asking for some solutions,” Bonney Lake resident Dave Bibb informed Q13 Information.
Bibb says his water invoice from Bonney Lake Utilities sometimes ranges from $one hundred fifty-$250 for a two-month invoice. However when he opened the invoice in September, he owed greater than $800.
“It undoubtedly obtained my consideration,” Bibb stated.
The longtime Bonney Lake home-owner referred to as the town, and staff advised him to verify for leaks. He didn’t discover any leaks, or issues with the meter.
He did discover neighbors with large payments, nevertheless.
“I’m listening to something from a pair hundred bucks to $1,000 extra,” he stated.
Bibb knew there was a water price improve earlier this yr. In July, a 9 % improve additionally took impact, stated Bonney Lake spokesperson Jenna Richardson. Bibb additionally knew summer time charges have been greater.
However almost 4 occasions greater? That may’t be proper, he stated.
“We’re rising out right here, I get it,” Bibb stated. “I don’t have an issue paying taxes. However not 4 occasions extra.”
Richardson stated all fee will increase have been accredited by the council. She additionally stated water is billed on a 3-tiered price construction, and charges are impacted by the consumption of the purchasers. Charges in the course of the summer time are probably impacted by garden-watering methods, Richardson stated, so clients are in all probability utilizing greater than they thought.
The town will work with individuals who can’t pay their payments, Richardson stated. However Bibb says he wants one other rationalization.
“Show to me I used that a lot water,” he stated.
A Metropolis Council assembly on Tuesday was full of upset residents. Bibb wasn’t on the assembly, however stated he’s making an attempt to work out methods to convey his invoice down.
“I’m hoping there’s a mistake,” he stated. “I simply need to resolve why. 4 occasions the water when nothing modified.”
Q13 Information will comply with this story because it develops.