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FRIES — Residents of Fries could pay more for water and sewer service beginning July 1 — but the increase is minimal.
During Fries Town Council’s public hearing to take comments on the proposed 2008-09 budget, figures showed a 50 increase in both water and sewer use for the first 2,000 gallons, beginning July 1.
No other increases were noted in the budget, but a few categories did go down.
Mayor Mike Spears said the federal government has mandated a new water test, which will cost the town an additional $250 per month.
“That equals about one dollar per month for each customer,” said Spears.
Council Member Lynwood Matherly asked if the fee incurred by the test was something the town could appeal, but Spears indicated it was a nationwide mandate.
The proposed rates will be $20.50 for the first 2,000 gallons of water and $5.25 for each additional 1,000 gallons; and $13.25 for the first 2,000 gallons of sewer and $5.75 for each additional 1,000 gallons.
The tax rates will remain the same at 30 per $100 valuation of real estate; $1.75 per $100 valuation of personal property; $1.74 per $100 valuation of machinery and tools and 30 per $100 valuation of public utility real estate.
Garbage fees will also remain unchanged at $12.75 per month.
Spears added that the town lost tax revenue on two businesses, Ruby’s and Shaylyn’s, closing during the last year.
“If we can get a restaurant opened back up it would be a blessing,” said Spears.
The total revenue is projected at $408,170, which covers proposed expenditures.
• Council will hold another meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Fries Bingo Hall to take more comments and vote on the budget.