JACKSON, Miss. — The supervisor of the long-troubled water system in Mississippi’s capital city proposed a small rate boost for most locals Friday togetherwith what he stated is a first-in-the-nation proposition to decrease water rates for low-income individuals who get federalgovernment assistance with grocery expenses.
The proposition from Ted Henifin, the third-party supervisor of Jackson’s water and sewagesystem systems, is the conclusion of a monthslong effort to boost income collections in a city where approximately a quarter of the population lives in hardship. If enacted, it would be the newest in a series of modifications after facilities breakdowns in 2022 triggered numerous Jackson citizens to go days and weeks without safe running water.
“We think this is a terrific chance to truly modification the discussion around water and sewagesystem in the city of Jackson,” Henifin stated at a news conference.
Henifin stated about 5,000 homes in the Jackson location usage water without paying, including to the monetary pressure on a system that has about $260 million in exceptional financialobligations. To boost income collections without straining those who can’t payfor greater costs, Henifin’s proposition cr