Officials could pursue a franchise fee, stormwater runoff fee, hiring an outside collections agency and a capital levy as potential options to increase revenue for the city.
Council member John Rowland suggested writing letters regarding the city’s financial hardships to other levels of government as well as selling the wastewater treatment plant and sewer system to a private industry in order to improve the city’s financial situation.
Council members were scheduled to discuss cutting five positions and reducing other expenditures that would have had a $679,000 impact on the sewer fund. These cuts were needed to close a $760,000 operational expenditures gap the city faced without the rate increase.
Because the rate increase is moving forward to the next council meeting, council members decided to defer those discussions.