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Sales tax defeat bad news for water ratepayers

Wichita already was forecasting annual water rate increases just to maintain the status quo. Now, sales tax foes who argued that a future water source should be funded via even higher water rates likely will get their wish, whether the city proceeds with the Aquifer Storage and Recovery project at the Equus Beds or tries something else. It’s hard to see Wichita hanging onto or improving on its 2013 status as having the 11th-lowest water rates among the nation’s 50 largest cities. – Rhonda Holman