Kermit Residents Furious Over Higher Water Bills

Kermit Residents Furious Over Higher Water Bills

By Brian Wise
NewsWest 9

KERMIT - People in Kermit getting a little sticker shock. That's after opening up their water bills; some were as high as $300.

Several people told NewsWest 9 about their shocking new rates.

The water bills in Kermit are what some residents call outrageous.

We heard from residents all day long and the largest increase we've seen is $300 to $1,000 a month.

The bills are three times higher than what residents are used to. Jimmy Paschal, Owner of the Star Laundromat, says he has the highest bill in town.

NewsWest 9 went to City Councilman Julio Pena and he says the problem is fixable. He says that citizens should come to the City Council's meeting on November 21.

"It's fixable. We need to get the people, the citizens to the regular meeting on the 21st of this month and talk about it and see what we can do about it. Like I say it's fixable," Pena said.

Pena says that he did not vote for the ordinance but the other members of the City Council did. The previous city manager he says told the council that water bills would only go up $10.

That's not the case for residents now.