Council Gives Preliminary OK to Water Rate Increase

April 13, 2015

The West U City Council on Monday unanimously gave preliminary approval to a 1.4 percent water rate increase that will raise water bills for the average West U customer by about $1.32 per month.

The city is passing through a water rate hike from the city of Houston, which notified West U in early April that it was raising its water rates by 4.4 percent. Under the requirements of the Harris-Galveston County Water Subsidence District, West U is required to purchase about 50 percent of its water from Houston.

The water rate increase in West U must be finally approved by the council at its next regular meeting. The rate hike will not take effect until June 1.

The council also unanimously approved a resolution recognizing St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on its 75th anniversary in the city of West University Place.

And, council members unanimously approved a resolution recognizing May, 2015, as Volunteer and Older Americans month. Several of West U’s senior citizens posed for a large photo with the council, and Senior Board Chairman Pieter Rankin thanked the city for its services to senior citizens.

The council also met in a brief, closed executive session to discuss ongoing negotiations between the city and West University Baptist Church for a potential land swap that would allow the church to build a new Youth Center and the city to build a municipal campus, also known as the Superblock.

West U resident Eddie Matthews urged the council to publicly disclose the total costs of the potential real estate transactions before making a decision to issue more than $3 million in certificates of obligation to finance the deal.

The council is scheduled to consider issuing that debt at a meeting scheduled May 4.