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Referendum On Fresno Water Rate Hike Qualifies For November Ballot

Jul 8, 2014

Fresno voters may soon get a chance to overturn the City Council's planned hikes in water rates.

Fresno City Clerk Yvonne Spence confirmed today that a referendum petition submitted in late June has over 5,500 valid signatures--more than enough to put Measure W on the ballot.

The measure aims to allow voters to overturn a water plan approved last summer by the Council.  The plan would on average double water rates over the next 3 years in order to fund a $410 million upgrade to the city's water system. 

On July 17th, the Fresno City Council will decide whether to include Measure W on the November ballot or to repeal the planned rate hikes.