Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon called Tuesday for the expansion of a proposal to hike sewer fees, saying the current plan to increase them nearly 40% over five years is too timid.
Alarcon, who represents the northeast San Fernando Valley, said a package of larger increases would serve the city as a jobs initiative, putting more people to work and allowing more pipes to be repaired.
"It's our opportunity to create a bit of a stimulus program," he said.
Alarcon made his remarks as the council's Energy and Environment Committee delayed a decision on sewer fee increases for a fourth time. While Alarcon pushed for a plan that is more aggressive, Councilwoman Jan Perry said she is trying to keep the increases at the "lowest level possible."
Budget officials have recommended a five-year package of rate hikes that would increase the monthly bill of the average single-family household — one with three people — from $29.88 to $41.71. The Bureau of Sanitation countered last week with a 10-year plan to increase the average single-family bill by 29% in five years and 77% over a decade, reaching $52.99 in 2020.