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City opposes water rate increase

The city of Lexington has filed a request with the Public Service Commission to become an intervener against Kentucky American Water's proposed 37 percent rate increase.

The water company announced Feb. 26 that it would ask for the increase, saying most of the money would go toward a $162 million water treatment plant scheduled to be operational this summer. Kentucky American got an 18 percent rate increase last year.

At Urban County Council's work session Tuesday, Vice Mayor Jim Gray proposed a resolution asking the state attorney general to intervene to make sure Lexington residents are protected. The resolution will be on council's agenda Thursday.

Gray, who is running for mayor against incumbent Jim Newberry, asked that Kentucky American representatives come to council's work session at 3 p.m. Tuesday to explain the rate request. Newberry said he would extend an invitation.

When the latest rate increase was proposed, Newberry said he was "strongly opposed," adding it would impose a hardship on many families.

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