City Council balancing city, taxpayer needs

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Updated: 9/15/2012 2:07 am
It is the thankless time of year for the City Council. Council members balanced the city's wants and needs for the city budget. Council members finalized the $644-million city budget.

"It is probably the ugliest thing people have to watch us deliberating, but the great thing is we got through it," Mayor Glen Robertson said.

So, now that the budget is approved. How does this affect the green in your wallet?

"We changed the way we are billing water. we did not go up on any of the storm water fees, on the waste water fees," Mayor Robertson said. "We held those flat."

The goal here the less you use, the less you pay. The base water fee is going down from $28 to $21. Property taxes will go up, the rate is nearly two cents higher than last year's, about 49 cents per $100 valuation. The council will use that money to pay for bond projects approved by voters in 2009.

LP&L customers will see no change. But city employees will get a 3 percent salary increase.

Council also approved moving street maintenance out of storm water to the general fund. That means everyone will pay into the upkeep of city streets.

"Everybody pays, because not everybody pays storm water fees," said, City Council District 5, Karen Gibson. "If you're on a well, you're not paying a storm water fee. everybody needs to be part of that."

All the changes will go into effect starting October 1st.
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