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Water Costs Could Creep Up As Tallahassee Finalizes Budget

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Tallahassee City Commissioners have adopted a tentative budget for the 2018 fiscal year. The spending plan totals about $743 million. There’s no increase in the property tax rate, but Robert Wigen with the financial management department says residents can likely expect an increase on their water and sewer bills to come soon. The expected increase comes as the city is conducting a water and waste water rate study.

“We expect that once that review is done that we are probably looking at residential bills for water and sewer expecting to be increased by $3 for both services per month and then commercial bills will see an increase of $5 for water and sewer services per month for both services,” Wigen says.

Officials are predicting the need for infrastructure improvements. Commissioners will hold a final public hearing on the budget September 27 before the start of the new fiscal year in October.

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