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Center residents to see slight increase in city utilities, progress report giving on projects

At the Center City Council meeting last night approval was given to the new Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and Tax Rate, and a slight increase for a majority of city services, primarily water and sewer rates, ranging from 2 to 4 percent, with no increase in garbage services.


City Manager Chad Nehring said for example, an average residential customer that uses 7,000 gallons, their monthly bill will increase $2. He said over half of the increases are related to the sewer services and increased costs and expenses budgeted.


Nehring also the City of Center's sales tax receipts have showed positive gains in three of the last four months. Saying September is up over last year at this time. He added with several construction and development projects underway and others planned, and exploration stages and some resurgence of oil/gas industry activities, the city is seeing slow, but stable growth.


Nehring also updated the council on a number of projects, saying MLK Drive is progressing toward completion of the initial phase, and should be open for traffic in the next two weeks; the 2014 street program/Lillian Street improvement has an expected completion of the end-of-the year; and sewer installation and decommissioning of the Hwy. 7 lift station at the Loop 500 construction project should be finalized this week.


He also noted design is virtually complete on the street installation--Hutcherson Drive--at the Center Motor Company building site; the downtown sidewalk enhancement grant did score sufficient and approval is anticipated; plus the recycling grant through DETCOG is also likely, but no official word.


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