LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A City Council committee on Tuesday delayed a vote on whether to recommend a hefty rate increase in sanitation bills aimed at funding an overhaul of the city’s creaky sewer system.

The proposal would increase sanitation rates for the average household from around $30 per month to $42 per month over the next few years.

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KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports people at the meeting spoke up in favor of the increase.

“We do not want to return to the days of decaying infrastructure and threats to public health,” said one participant.

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Councilmember Jan Perry is among those on the committee who believe Angelenos are finally getting the message about the situation.

“A lot of people do recognize that work needs to be done to bring our infrastructure up to date,” Perry said.

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The committee may take as much as another month before a vote to recommend the rate increase.