Council tables vote to raise water rates

By Jack Tiebout
The St. Bernard Parish Council agreed on Tuesday to delay a vote on an ordinance that would increase parish residents’ water bills by 34 percent. According to District A Councilman Ray Lauga, who introduced the ordinance at the March 5 council meeting, the measure is intended to balance the parish budget and keep the water system from running at a $3 million deficit. Lauga decided to table the ordinance at Monday’s meeting in order to allow time for the public to learn about the issues at hand. “At the previous meeting, we requested that the administration get a consultant to evaluate the policies, procedures, revenues and expenses for the Water Board,” said Lauga, who serves as chairman of the council’s water and sewer committee. “So I’d like to make a motion to table this until we get that information back from the consultant.”
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