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Galt City Council to consider adjustments to utility rates

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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:00 am

To maintain existing system capacities, Galt residents could be paying an additional $2.89 a month for water, sewer, storm drainage and garbage service beginning in March.

At Tuesday's regular meeting, city council members will vote on a number of utility rate adjustments.

Tuesday's approval will also allow Public Works Director Steven Winkler to put into place similar rate hikes annually through 2017, so long as he provides notices to both the ratepayers and the city council 30 days beforehand.

The annual hikes are based on a formula using the Consumer Price Index set the previous fall.

They would go into effect March 1. Customers were notified by inserts in their bills last month.

A typical flat-rate customer will see a $1.98-per-month increase (68 cents for water, $1.12 sewer and 17 cents storm drainage) plus an additional 91 cents for a typical garbage collection service including 64-gallon carts for both trash and recycling, and a 96-gallon green waste cart.

The water and sewer rate increases will go to pay for projects including replacing the Old Town water main and the Live Oak pump station.

The city council approved the series of annual rate increases this time last year, but they must be voted on annually.

The city council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall in the city council chambers, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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