From The Pueblo Chieftain (Peter Roper):
The higher rate will add 51 cents to the average monthly bill for residential users in 2012. That monthly increase then jumps to 56 cents the following year and so on through 2015, according to the rate information provided Monday night. Although those monthly increases are small, council only approved the rate hike on a 4-3 vote. Councilmen Leroy Garcia, Steve Nawrocki, Chris Kaufman and Larry Atencio voted for the measure, saying a rate hike was necessary to provide adequate funding for the city’s wastewater department. President Ray Aguilera along with Councilwomen Vera Ortegon and Judy Weaver voted against the increase. Weaver noted that the wastewater department’s operating fund would still be financially solvent for several years without any increase and that council should postpone raising fees for now.
More wastewater coverage here.