New Tax on Phoenix Water Bills

Don’t be surprised if you notice an increase on your water bill soon. As of June 18th, Phoenix City Council members voted to create a new tax on Phoenix water bills and to increase some of the service fees.

Though many Valley residents and business owners are complaining about the new rates, the increase and changes are estimated to bring in about $11 million dollars in revenue to help close a $37.7 million dollar budget deficit. Phoenix’s deficit is attributed to expenses growing faster than revenues. Quickly rising employee costs, such as pensions and health care, have created the largest strain on its budget.

What does this mean for you? This means Phoenix will base the tax on meter size rather than water usage. The tax on city utility bills will affect hundreds of thousands of residents, costing an average homeowner an extra $1.50 per month. Commercial users and others with larger meters would pay between $1.50 and $75 more per month, depending on the size. This change alone would raise $9.5 million annually.

Please click here if you’d like to know more about the Phoenix utility and service fee increases designed to close the city deficit. For more local valley news and information about what’s happening in your Phoenix neighborhood, please contact the Russo Team. - Frank

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