- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Within about three years, Baltimore residents will be paying about a third more for water and will also be charged two new fees to help pay for repairs to the city’s aging infrastructure.

The Baltimore Board of Estimates voted 3-2 on Wednesday to hike the water rate by an average of 9.9 percent annually and sewer rates 9 percent a year through fiscal year 2019.

The Department of Public Works says a typical family’s yearly water bill will increase by about $170 by the third year of the plan.

Numerous residents complained about the proposed rate hike prior to the vote, with several saying they were particularly concerned about the effects of the higher bills on elderly, low-income and disabled residents.

City auditors have called the increase “reasonable.”

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