Some Las Vegas Valley businesses will see a decrease in their monthly water bills.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Thursday approved a measure that will grant businesses a 50 percent reduction. The SNWA voted to dip into the Rate Stabilization Fund to make up the difference.
Business rates went up a little more than three months ago, something numerous Valley business owners have been struggling with.
"When you have businesses making a decision – I'm not gonna hire this new person or I'm gonna cut back on what I do or cut back my hours of operation in order to balance out the cost of this bill – that's a problem. We have got to be able to make sure our businesses can survive and don't have to face those kinds of dilemmas," said Brian McAnallen with the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.
The rate increase was based on the size of a business' water meter. Businesses with larger meters saw their bills more than double in some instances.
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