Following its request for a 31-percent rate increase over the next five years, the Bristol County Water Authority is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposal on Thursday night, Jan. 3, at Warren Town Hall.
During the agency's meeting held Dec. 19 in Barrington, Executive Director Pamela Marchand told members of the Bristol, Warren, and Barrington Town Councils that the rate hikes are needed to keep BCWA financially stable.
Marchand told the councilors that BCWA "will run out of cash by the end of next year" if the towns do not contribute more.
The following night, Marchand and the BCWA board presented their plan before a public hearing at Mt. Hope High School.
According to Marchand, the additional fees would pay for day-to-day operations of the agency.
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