Cincinnati City Council raises water rates 4 percent

Bike Share program also passes

CINCINNATI – City Council passed a compromise 4 percent increase in water rates Wednesday after rejecting the city administration's call for a 7.5 percent hike.

Vice Mayor David Mann pushed the compromise. The hike takes effect Jan. 1.

"Thanks to four Council members who joined me on a compromise to protect taxpayers from a 7.5 percent increase on their water rates," Mann said. "The compromise allows us to make necessary improvements in the system, while protecting ratepayers from yet another large increase."

Besides Mann, P.G. Sittenfeld, Chris Seelbach, Wendell Young and Christopher Smitherman voted for. Yvette Simpson, Christopher Smitherman and Charles Winburn voted against.

Water Works says it needs the increase to repair infrastructure. It also cited decreasing revenues because more people are conserving water. 

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Council also unanimously passed the Bike Share program but delayed a decision on funding new bike trails.

People will be able to rent bicycles and return them to stations operated by the Cincy Bike Share. There will be 300 bicycles available at 35 stations between Downtown and Uptown.

The 24-hour stations will accept credit cards.

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