Yes. The rate increase is needed to maintain the current level of ser- vice, improve infrastructure, and to maintain reliable and safe water service. Without these increases, the public could see reduced service levels, higher future costs due to deferred maintenance, and decreased reliability. The increase will also fund fire flow improvements to protect public safety as well as advanced water meter upgrades to communicate real time water use and to quickly identify leaks or other problems, which will encourage water conservation. The City is trying to balance the funding needed for a well-managed water utility with the community’s ability to pay for them.