Suburban Mayor Not Pleased With Emanuel’s Planned Water Rate Hike

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. (CBS) — The Mayor of Willowbrook is adding his voice to a growing number of suburban leaders who are less than happy with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposal for a dramatic increase in suburban water rates.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, Mayor Bob Napoli says he is not interested in an estimated 70 percent increase in the rates his village pays the City of Chicago for Lake Michigan water, spread out over four years, the Chicago Tribune reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

Residents of more than 100 suburbs purchase their water from the city, and under the mayor’s budget plan, they will see their bills double over the next four years along with city residents.

Emanuel said the hike is mandated to replace the city’s water mains, some of which are 125 years old.

“It’s an investment that’s long overdue in Chicago’s future, and its time we do it,” the mayor said at a news conference.

The $2.8 billion project would replace 1,000 miles of water and sewer mains and create 1,800 jobs for a year.

But Napoli says the hike is unacceptable, and his village should only pay for maintenance on the apparatus that delivers water, the Tribune reported.

Napoli and other suburban leaders are set to meet with the DuPage Water Commission, which purchases water from the city and distributes it to municipalities, to discuss how to move forward, the Tribune reported.

  • Paul Powell's Shoebox

    It’s a Pay To Bathe World.

  • southside

    Suburban folks should boycott all restaurants and events in Chicago if King Rahm is able to transfer the costs to rebuild of Chicago infrastructure out of the city. Money will talk back to him

  • dan

    Let the suburbs ban together buy some land along the lake build a world class filtration plant and run their own pipes back to their towns

    Oh wait….

    That would probably cost 10,000 times more than what they are being asked to pay with the upcoming increase


    They can go back to using stinky bad tasting well water


    Just be thankful and appreciate the fact you have been getting off cheap for a long time

  • tom Sharp

    Suburbs exist because people want to be near the city but not be bothered with the costs and difficulties associated with living in it. Too bad, pay up!

  • Roberta Waker

    The suburbs didn’t let the system deteriorate so why should we pay for 125 years of neglect? We need to talk with Indiana about building a filtration plant there to serve the Joliet and south suburbs. Maybe Wisconsin and Michigan would be good for certain parts of Illinois too. It would be cheaper in the long run and put people to work. And, FYI Tom Sharp, we have been paying up with water bills that went from $23 for THREE months for a family of five, to $62 PER MONTH for two retired people. Thanks to freeloaders in Chicago like you that use water without meters they want us to pay, pay, pay. We need to bring back our old water with softeners – water was probably better anyway. Time for Chicago to stay out of our business.

    • tom Sharp

      Hey moron, my waterbill for me and my retired wife is over $500 a year! Get in the real world or shut up!

  • dan

    Gee Roberta your bill got jacked that high? Well it sure aint because chicago jacked your rates that high so who jacked your rates? Your town? So it’s OK for them to jack your rates but not OK for chicago who is aquiring, filtering and purifying the water and delivering it to your towns border to raise thier rates?

    Did your town jack your rates to update their infrastructure? Modernize those old pipes? or did they just take your money?

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