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New budget to hoist sewer rates

(ran West edition)

Council members tentatively approved a budget with a leap in sewer fees, a bump in garbage rates and no increase in the tax rate.

If the council gives the $52-million budget final approval this Thursday, expect sewer rates to jump 41.3 percent in the coming fiscal year.

That will mean the average user of 6,000 gallons per month will pay $9.03 more for sewer service.

Garbage rates will also increase from $9.69 to $9.93 a month.

The tax rate, however, will remain the same, at 5.0788 mills. A mill is $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed value.

An owner of a home assessed at $75,000 with a $25,000 homestead exemption will pay about $254 in city taxes for the coming year.

While the millage will remain the same, residents' tax bills are likely to go up because of an increase in property values.