To the editor:
The Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County is planning a 25 percent rate hike, with more to follow.
An online petition fell on deaf ears. I thought there was a law which prevents utility hikes beyond a certain percentage? And this is the second one to do the same work the last hike was approved for.
Where is the water authority's responsibility to budget for ongoing repairs to their own systems? Why don't its customers' objections count? Who can afford this increase, especially in McKeesport?
Is there anything citizens can do to try to prevent this astronomical increase?
—Philip Haughey and Susan Linders, McKeesport
- Information on MAWC's planned rate increase (MAWC website)
- Petition protesting water rate increase (change.org)
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Originally published February 24, 2016.