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Citing COVID concerns, council reverses on water rate increase

Due to concerns about the economic impacts of COVID-19, Sweet Home residents will not see an increase in water rates for the 2020-21 fiscal year, instead maintaining the current base rate of $19.99.

The City Council voted 5-1 on June 23 to rescind a planned increase of the base water rate to $21.70.

Voting in support were Mayor Greg Mahler and councilors Susan Coleman, James Goble, Lisa Gourley and Dave Trask. Councilor Courtney Nash voted no. President Pro Tem Diane Gerson was absent.

The council originally agreed on April 14 to the increase because the city needed water system repairs....

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