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November 23, 2014

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Higher water bills postponed

Las Vegans who were to see a 23 percent increase on their April water bill can rest easy - at least for another month.

The planned rate increase, which would have taken effect in March and shown up on April bills, has been cancelled, according to a spokesman for the Las Vegas Valley Water District. April bills will not reflect the increase.

The attorney general's office is considering a complaint that the agenda

title for the board meeting at which the rate hike was approved did not make it clear that the increase was being considered.

Rather than wait for a ruling from the attorney general, the district has cancelled the increase.

But the Las Vegas water district board will reconsider the rate increase - recommended by a

citizen advisory committee to increase district revenue and encourage conservation - at its April 15 meeting. Assuming the board again approves the increase, it could take effect in April and show up on May bills.

The Las Vegas water district has 340,000 accounts and serves about 1.2 million people.

The increase would have increased revenue to the district by 23 percent, although increases would have varied depending on water use.

The delay will cost the district $4.2 million, officials said.

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