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House Lawmakers consider proposal to raise water fees for St. Louis County

May 5, 1998
By: Melissa Phillips
State Capital Bureau
St. Louis County homeowners could see their monthly water bill go up under a measure the House Local Government Committee is scheduled to vote on this morning (WEDNESDAY).

Melissa Phillips has the story from Jefferson City.

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Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow St. Louis County to charge up to a dollar a month to repair leaking water lines.

Under current law, homeowners are responsible for paying the repair or relocation costs of a water line.

St. Louis Senator Wayne Goode says residents could pay as much as 12-dollars a year, but the county would then be responsible for paying the bill.

Actuality:Senator Wayne Goode
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OutCue: ...in their pocket."
Contents: "Water lines break because of age and other reasons. They're very costly to fix... several thousand dollars or more. Most homeowners don't have that kind of money in their pocket."
The proposal... which the Senate has already passed... would also require voter approval.

From Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips reporting for K-M-O-X News.

Date: May 5, 1998

By: Melissa Phillips

State Capital Bureau The House Local Government Committee is scheduled to vote this morning (WEDNESDAY) on a bill that could mean new fees for St. Louis County residents.

Melissa Phillips has more from the State Capitol.

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State lawmakers will decide whether to allow St. Louis County to charge residents as much as 12-dollars a year to repair or relocate water lines.

More than 300-thousand residents would have to pay the fee... which would raise over three-million dollars.

St. Louis County Water General Counsel Rich Ciottone says that while this figure may seem high, he believes its necessary.

Actuality:Rich Ciottone, General Counsel for St. Louis County Water
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OutCue: ...front end bubble."
Contents: "There's a lot of problems sitting out there either intentionally ignored or negligently ignored because it comes out of the pockets of people themselves. When it ceases to be an expense for them we expect to see a front end bubble."
St. Louis County residents will have the final say though, voters must approve the fee before it can be added to their water bill.

From the Jefferson City, this is Melissa Phillips for K-M-O-X.