Utility rates will go up starting July 1st for water, sewer, and stormwater. The increases vary from 5.5% to 6.5%. Council member Sabra Briere from the 1st Ward says the change is needed to address issues, such as operation costs and maintenance.
"A typical family that uses just a small amount of water might see an increase of five dollars in their bill."
The increases will generate about $3 million.
Council also approved an additional $75,000 for the city's deer management program. Bringing the total budget for that project to $145,000.
Other budget amendments include an additional $100,000 for affordable housing and $100,000 more to install new streetlights. In total, council added an additional $345,000 in expenditures for its general fund.
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