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Wauseon postpones water rate increase

WAUSEON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Residents in Wauseon got a pleasant surpriseas city council members voted to delay a water rate increase that was set tokick in April 1.

According to City Finance Director JonSchamp, the council decided they just don't need that extra money right now,and can postpone or possibly eliminate the increase.

"You need to keep plenty of money there formaintenance, but at this time it was not an immediate need," Schamp said.

In 2009 the city voted to add six water andsewer rate increases, spread out over coming years. This year, water bills weresupposed to go up 5 percent, and sewer rates would jump by 15 percent.

Now the increase has been pushed back toNovember. At that time, council will re-evaluate the increase and either enactit or eliminate it.

Schamp said this move will help residents getthrough the summer, when usage is high.

"People are watering their lawns, theirgardens," he said. "People are filling their swimming pools. So by postponingit until November, it doesn't hit as hard."

And at least some residents are happy withthe decision.

"Five percent makes a difference," saidresident Callie Puehler. "Every little bit of money helps with today's economy."

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