SHREVEPORT, LA - A proposed 10% rate hike on water and sewer bills in Shreveport is now being discussed. City leaders want to hear from residents about this proposal.

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The Department of Water and Sewerage is hosting a series of community meetings.

These meetings are being held in several neighborhoods to give as many people as possible a chance to hear about the increase and learn why it is so critical. They will also be able to get information about the SWAP program which offers help to those who can not afford to pay their water bill.

Why Is the Increase Being Proposed?

The proposed increase, advocated by Mayor Tom Arceneaux, is set at 10% and aims to address the rising costs associated with maintaining and supporting the city's essential water and sewer system. These adjustments are critical for ensuring the sustainability and efficiency of the city's infrastructure, as well as facilitating future improvements.

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The newly added meetings are as follows:

- Thursday, February 22, 2024:

- 12:00 pm at A.B. Palmer Recreation Center

- 5:30 pm at Southern University - Jackson Building Auditorium

- 7:00 pm at Bill Cockrell Community Center

- Monday, February 26, 2024:

- 12:00 pm at Valencia Park Community Center


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If you show up for these meetings, you get "comprehensive information about the proposed changes and have a chance to voice your opinions and concerns directly to city officials."

Shreveport residents are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings to learn more about the proposed rate increase and provide valuable feedback.

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