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Rate proposal changes water billing

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Rate proposal changes water billing. Kennewick Irrigation District customers will get a chance to ask questions Tuesday night about proposed rate changes that could change a lot of water bills. A study was done to determine how water rates will be paid.

The new proposal would make payments more equal than they are now. Customers would be charged differently depending on which water systems they use.

District Manager Chuck Freeman says "someone coming right off the canal would pay a canal charge only and would not pay a pipe or pump charge. Then our next customer would be someone who uses the canal who uses a pipe but no pump."The Kennewick Irrigation District says the new rate structure should not drastically change customer payments.

There will be a public meeting Tuesday night at the Kennewick Red Lion Hotel where people can learn about the new proposal. The Board will take public concerns into consideration and then vote on the new proposal later. Changes to the water rate payment system could start as early as 2012.