Council passes hike in water and sewer rates

Near the end of Monday’s four-hour-long City Council meeting, the panel passed an increase in water and sewer rates without a public hearing and no outcry from the public

A much different reaction greeted the council’s proposal on adding a city sales tax earlier in the evening.

At the start of the council meeting, a standing-room only crowd was present for a public hearing on the proposed city sales tax, but most of those people had departed when the utilities rate increases were passed.

A number of people addressed the council about the proposed sales tax, but no public hearing was announced or scheduled for the rate increase.

Council passes hike in water and sewer rates