Forsyth budget includes utility rate hikes

awomack@macon.comJanuary 23, 2014 

The Forsyth City Council has passed a new budget for 2014 that includes rate hikes for city residents’ electricity, water and sewer bills.

The budget, passed Tuesday, includes rate increases of 9 percent for electricity, 5 percent for water and 10 percent for sewer service, City Clerk Janice Hall said.

City Councilman Mike Dodd said the water and sewer increases were needed because of an increase in the cost of treatment.

The increases amount to about $94,300 for water and $65,800 for sewer service, according to the budget.

Two-thirds of the power rate hike is due to an increase in the wholesale cost of electricity. The other third is being used to generate revenue for the city through a means other than property taxes, Dodd said.

The city expects to collect an additional $407,687 in electricity fees in 2014.

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