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Still No Deal in Spartanburg Water War

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The water war continued in Spartanburg this week. The water war continued in Spartanburg this week.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

The water war continued in Spartanburg this week.

City leaders met with the Spartanburg Commission of Public Works (CPW) to discuss contract payments on Thursday.

The CPW wants to pay the city less because there's been a decreased water flow over the last couple of years.

Their latest offer is to pay the city $1.2 million, decreasing that amount each year until it reaches $800,000. That would be the baseline payment for a number of years after that, with a future annexation also available.

City leaders rejected that proposal, instead asking the CPW to pay $1.2 million for 5 years with the option of re-negotiating terms at that time. That proposal was also deemed unsatisfactory. The CPW says paying the current amount will force them to increase rates by as much as $40. However, the city says accepting a lower payment will result in an even more substantial tax increase.

The two parties decided to end the meeting. They will consider other offers and meet again in the future.

There will also be four meetings to share information with the public and answer any questions about the relationship between the city and the CPW. They will be held at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, April 30 - C.C. Woodson Center
  • Thursday, May 2 - Spartanburg High School
  • Tuesday, May 7 - Cleveland Academy of Leadership
  • Thursday, May 9 - Woodland Heights Recreation Center
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