The problem was pointed out in a city audit last year that called for a financial safety net for the water system, he said. The need has come and the safety net isn't quite as strong as city officials would like.
The city sewer rates are based on the same tier system and calculated by a user's intake of water.
Users in the zero to 2,000 cubic feet of use will see a 85 cent increase to $17.85 per 1,000 cubic feet of use, and the greatest number of users between 2,000 and 8,000 cubic feet will see a $1.35 increase to $27.85 per 1,000 cubic feet.
Sewer rate increases are to cover the cost of tying into the county sewer system that accounts for $2.2 million, or 64 percent, of the city budget.
City officials said the fee increases will cost the average user $39 more a year.""