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Outcry Prompts Suspension of Williamson Water Rate Hike


State regulators have suspended a nearly 50 percent rate increase for Williamson’s water customers and ordered a review.

The Public Service Commission ordered the suspension and review last week after it received a petition opposing the increase signed by more than 900 Williamson residents and water customers.

The petition says the rate increase will place an undue burden on customers.

The Williamson Daily News reports that the city adopted an ordinance raising the rates in August in an effort to cover a $1.2 million debt owed to Veolia Water. The private company manages the city’s water and sewer system.

The PSC suspended the rates until Jan. 29, 2016, and appointed an administrative law judge to review them.