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Brawley unanimous in passing sewer rate increase

June 20, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The city's sewer service rates will rise after the City Council unanimously approved a second reading and adoption of an ordinance Tuesday night that will raise rates 25 percent.

Residential units will only see an 18 percent increase, largely at the urging of council members Steve Vasquez and Toni Carrillo, who voted against the rate increase during the ordinance's first reading June 6. The rates have a first billing date of Aug. 1.

Costs associated with a recent $1 million replacement of the Oakley sewer line in the northeast section of the city and accommodations needed for the under-construction beef-processing plant contributed to the need for the rate hike, which was included in the $34.7 million 2001-2002 budget the council adopted last month.

In other action, the council awarded an $850,000 bid to Masters Construction of Brawley to reconstruct a section of River Drive near the city's airport.

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The council voted to change its workers' compensation provider from AON Risk Services to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

Rising costs in AON's premiums were blamed on the change of provider.

"Even if (the premiums) had stayed the same, we're better off going with joint authority," said Mayor Wayne Johnson.

The California Joint Powers Insurance Authority provides liability insurance for the city.

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

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