Boynton Beach city commissioners voted to roll back a recent water rate increase by 7 percent, effective in September. The reduction is across the board — applying to water, wastewater and the base rate and commodity charges, according to Public Affairs Director Wayne Segal. The resolution on the rate reduction noted that the rate hike approved in April had a significant negative effect on ratepayers. That rate change boosted the base rate from $4.84 to $10.77 for residential users in the city. Under the 7 percent rollback, the base rate for residential users in the city falls to $10.02 from $10.77. Those who use up to 9,000 gallons of water a month, pay $1.41 per 1,000 gallons monthly. Before the reduction, the usage rate was $1.52. For out-of-city residential users, the rate falls to $12.52 from $13.46. Those who use up to 9,000 gallons monthly pay $1.77 for each 1,000 gallons used, down from $1.90. Towns including Ocean Ridge and Briny Breezes are Boynton Beach water users. Ocean Ridge, which owns its water system, pays as a city resident, while Briny Breezes is an outside user. — Margie Plunkett
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