Phenix City City Council members propose utility increases

Proposed increases in PC

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Phenix City Council Members met Tuesday night to discuss a possible increase in the amount residents pay for water and sewage, garbage, and the city's sales tax.

The council read ordinances for the first time including increases to utilities for residents including the proposed increase to water, sewage, garbage, and possibly increasing the sales tax from 8.75 to 9 percent.

Utilities director Roger Conner explained the increase in sewage will add an additional $1.26 per month to your water bill. 

"We have to maintain the infrastructure of the city, and we have to provide safe drinking water and take that discharged water back to the river so the river stays safe downstream. The cost of doing so is very expensive," Conner said. 

They also discussed a possible increase for garbage and trash pickup. If the proposal is approved, starting October 1, the fee will increase to $18.40.

The council adds this is business per usual as prices rise to the city as well.

Since the increases are all proposed and were not approved, and the city is asking for your opinion on whether you are for or against the increases.  

Council members encourage all residents to come to the public town hall meeting next Tuesday August 25 at 6 p.m. in the central activities center.

The council also voted to add an additional $17,000 funds for  the 22nd Avenue Storm Drainage Pipe Rehabilitation Project.

Most of the cost comes from having to bring in a large crane and fixing crushed or rusted pipes.

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