Water rates could be going up soon in North Canton.
City council had its first reading for the rate increases at its Monday night meeting.
"I think it's inevitable," City Council President Jon Snyder told North Canton Patch earlier this month. The rate increase is needed to maintain and replace water lines, starting this year, and to pay past debt incurred to upgrade the city’s water system.
According to the Canton Repository, the increase would be 5.5 percent annually for three years.
Water rates haven't increased since 2009, Snyder said.
Council will need to vote twice more on the rate increases before they would go into effect.