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Brawley council to mull sewer rate hike

June 04, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A public hearing regarding a proposed 25 percent increase in city sewer service rates is scheduled for the Brawley City Council meeting Tuesday night.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in council chambers at 225 A St.

The increase was included in the $34.7 million 2001-2002 budget the council adopted last month but such an increase must be approved with the adoption of a city ordinance in order to take effect.

A first reading of the ordinance is on the agenda. If approved, the rate increase could go into effect as early as July 19 with a first billing date of Aug. 1.

City officials have said the increase is needed to cover unexpected costs associated with expansions of the city's water treatment plant.

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The council will look into water rate fees for residents of Tangerine Gardens Mobile Home Park. Park residents appeared before the council last month regarding a change in billing and a rate increase in water fees.

A public hearing is scheduled regarding city residents Joe and Martha Anaya's attempt at overturning a Jan. 3 city Planning Commission decision that denied a parcel subdivision of their land.

The public hearing is scheduled to continue to the council's July 3 meeting.

Also on the agenda is a proposal for renovations and furnishings for City Hall.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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