The Baltimore Board of Estimates approved Wednesday a multi-year increase in city water and sewer rates. The board took the action after a nearly three hour public hearing in which everyone who testified opposed the increase.
The vote was 3-2. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake along with her appointees; Public Works Director Rudy Chow and Interim City Solicitor David Ralph, voted for the increase. City Council President Jack Young and Comptroller Joan Pratt opposed it.
The mayor said the city’s water infrastructure has been “languishing for decades;” that the “can has been kicked down the road” and it needs to be modernized.