Mayor McDavid Discusses City's Issues

7 years 3 months 1 week ago Friday, September 03 2010 Sep 3, 2010 Friday, September 03, 2010 2:07:02 PM CDT September 03, 2010 in News
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COLUMBIA - Columbia mayor Bob McDavid sat down last night to meet with members of the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition.

The mayor answered questions concerning several issues ranging from the city's development to utility rates.

The mayor answered several questions concerning Columbia residents, the most important of which is a possible utility rate increase.

The proposed rate increases include: a one-dollar per month refuse increase, a ten-percent water increase, a three-percent electric increase, and a 15-percent sewer increase.

Back in July, City Manager Bill Watkins presented the 2011 budget proposal which included a possible utility increase of eight-dollars and twenty-five-cents per month for the average customer.

The increase would cover four services: refuse, water, electric, and sewage.

Mayor McDavid said he would ask the Council for justification on the rate increase.

Another issue disscussed was the Richland road annexation.

Many of the residents in the area have debated the project and McDavid says he understands why some would feel opposed to the development.

City Council will approve or deny the request by October 18.


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