PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - It appears Phoenix residents won't see a water rate hike next year. For now.
The Phoenix City Council rejected a proposal 5-3 on Wednesday that would have raised rates.
Mayor Pro Tempore Thelda Williams said she plans to bring the proposal back on a later date for consideration.
The City's water department proposed a 6 percent rate hike in 2019 followed by another 6 percent hike in 2020.
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If it was approved, the first rate increase would take effect in February.
The water department said the City needs to invest in additional pipelines, pump stations and valves to ensure it can meet demand should water levels on the Colorado River trigger cutbacks.
Councilman Sal DiCiccio was one of those who voted against it, saying the City government needs to handle its existing money better.
"The fact is, Phoenix is experiencing more revenue than it ever has before in its history as a city and still City officials cry that we can't pay for critical functions of government. Every time they run out of money to waste, the politicians claim hardship and demand more money," he said in a statement.