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Council can’t agree on rates


August 2, 2016

Disagreement over whether to eliminate a subsidy for water and sewer service and how much to charge for future replacement of the water and sewer system kept the City Council from reaching a decision last week about a rate increase and to set a work session to further discuss the rate structure.

During the council’s regular meeting on July 26, Councilor Jeff Goodwin advocated a rate structure that reduced a subsidy the city has included in the water and sewer rates residents pay for nearly two decades, and he advocated charging the full amount necessary for replacing pipes and equipment...

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