Youngstown water rates to start going up Feb. 1

YOUNGSTOWN — City water rates will rise more than 50 percent over the next five years.

The rates are going up 8.75 percent effective Feb. 1 and will increase by the same percentage again on Jan. 1 of each of the four following years. The net result will be customers will be paying about 52 percent more than they pay now for water service.

The increase, which will produce about $1.6 million in new revenue annually, was announced Thursday by the city water department and Mayor Jay Williams.

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