Sewer rate to increase
For the average homeowner, it will mean an additional cost of $1 a month.
The sewer rate increase is expected to generate an additional $5,000 per month into the city's sewer fund.
Mayor Brian Smith told the council that the city's auditor recommended a sewer rate increase and that it will also help with cash flow in the sewer fund. The sewer budget needs cash flow to reimburse the city's Water Department for money that it borrowed from that department.
Last year's sewer budget expenditures exceeded revenue by about $1,000.
A city study done in 2008 recommended an annual 3 percent sewer rate increase. The last sewer rate increase was a 3 percent increase in December of 2010.
The mayor said the city will make its final debt payment on the sewer plant in 2014.
"We will then look at turning back the clock and giving it back," he said of the sewer rate.
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