City raises water, sewer rates; holds executive session

A 4 percent increase in water and wastewater rates and an ordinance amendment allowing several types of signs that were previously forbidden (See related story, Page 3) were approved by city council at its regular meeting Oct. 8. 
   Council also spent part of the meeting in closed session discussing four separate matters and took action on none of them. 
   The higher water and sewer rates were outlined in an October 2013 study, Mayor Mark Bricker explained, adding they were incorporated in the city’s recently passed fiscal 2015-16 budget. 
   Bay City residents using from 2,001 to 5,000 gallons of water monthly would see the rates go from $1.76 to $1.83, while those consuming 20,000 to 25,000 gallons, would have rates go from $2.65 to $2.76. 
   Non-residential monthly rates would rise from $2.21 to $2.30 and a monthly minimum of $18.90 would rise to $19.66. 

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