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Tieton Residents Want Mayor To Step Down

TIETON, Wash. - A seven to 10 dollar increase in their water bill is what the people of Tieton face due to the recent water pipe breaks.

At the city council meeting on Monday night,  people packed city hall to voice their opinions about numerous issues connected to the water problem.

There were a lot of things on tonight's agenda, but most of not all of the people of Tieton came to the council meeting to get some answers about the water pipe breaks.

Some people say it could've been prevented, while others say it's the city's fault for not keeping records of the water pipes.

The city's engineer explained the costs to the people and with the replacement of the new system. It could cost people up to $10 more per month on their water bill.

And some people are saying they already pay enough for water and that's why they want answers from Mayor Norma Joiner.

"Mostly what all of us were here for," Tieton resident Dean Arnett said. "We think it's time the mayor got recalled and left here. She's done nothing but cost us money."

The city's engineer says Tieton should get some relief with funding from grants and loan, as well as help from the state.

Mayor Joiner scheduled a public meeting that deals with the water issue on december 6th. It'll give people a chance to voice more of their concerns.

Mayor joiner says the problem was years in the making and it certainly won't be a quick fix.