The city of El Centro conducted a workshop Thursday to inform the public of pending increases in water and wastewater rates needed to help with system-wide improvements throughout the city.
Three people showed up.
The city currently charges $25.87 monthly for water. A proposal will go before the City Council to increase that rate to $27.96 effective July 1, 2002. By the end of the planned upgrades — seven years — the rate is expected to be $37.59.
Steve Hogan, city director of public works, said the city needs $14.8 million in upgrades in its filtration system, system controls, pumps, raw water storage capacity and disinfection system, among others.
"The numbers speak for themselves," he said.
Gil Perez, chairman of the United Taxpayers of Imperial County asked why, with an estimated inflation rate of 3 percent, the city assumes a 6 percent annual increase in employee wages and benefits.