Phenix City residents, mayor debate rate hikes

Phenix City residents, mayor debate rate hikes

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - People who live in Phenix City had the chance to speak out Tuesday night on proposed increases on utility rates and taxes.

At the town hall meeting, Phenix City's mayor and other leaders told the crowd about the need for hikes in sales tax, water and sewage rates, garbage rates and more – all to fund overdue road and sewer projects.

One of the biggest concerns is cleaning up pipes that have been illegally dumping sewage. Residents had the opportunity to ask questions about that and much more.

"I'm grateful that they have a full explanation of why these funds needed and how they are going to utilized," Phenix City resident Cordelia Moffett said.

"As we can tell from the turn and some of the questions and some of the comments they said, it's the right thing to do because we are able to be forthright with them," Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe said.

Citizens at the town hall meeting expressed concerns about the poor conditions of roads, some with pot holes. Phenix City council will continue debating the utility rate increases and may vote on the proposal soon.

It was also announced at Tuesday's meeting that Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will be visiting Phenix City on September 11.

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