Commission considers 2015 utility increases

By Bryan Richardson

The proposed utility increases for 2015 are 4 percent for water, 3 percent for wastewater and 4 percent for residential and commercial stormwater, according to a proposal submitted to the city commission Tuesday.

The city is looking into savings related to utilities operations.

The water meter department budget would decrease by 42.5 percent from 2012 based on the 2015 budget.

The proposed budget has $377,600 for the department compared with $657,801 in 2012. City administrators said the use of electronic meters has contributed to savings.

Hayen said the city also is working to get more people to use the paperless bill program, which would provide additional savings.

He said more than 1,000 of the 15,000-plus customers are now paperless since the city gained the ability to bill digitally in July of 2013.

“We’re going to continue to push this,” he said.

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