The Metro Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy plans to raise its rates and property taxes in July.
A public "Truth in Taxation" hearing on the issue will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in Cottonwood Heights at 3430 E. Danish Road.
The rate and tax increases are part of the metro district's 10-year plan to pay for a new aqueduct and treatment plant at the Point of the Mountain. This increase will mark the ninth year of the plan.
If the rate increase goes through, water customers will pay about $20 more per year for the average home's water. Sandy and Salt Lake residents will be affected most drastically, but residents in places such as Holladay, Cottonwood Heights and Alta may see slight increases. The smaller cities don't buy all their water from the district. The property tax increase will only add a few dollars to the average family home's annual bill in those cities. "It all goes into capital infrastructure," said Sandy Public Works management analyst Scott Ellis. "There's a huge effect and it's for the good. I feel it keenly as a Sandy resident, but we end up with the best water system, I think, in the state."