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9:30 p.m. Council tables rate hike

December 17, 2013
By Dave Gossett - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE -- The city council tabled a proposed water rate hike ordinance Tuesday night that was designed to balance a water fund deficit and create a capital improvement repairs fund.

The council was set to hear the third and final reading of the legislation Tuesday night.

But the proposed $6.50 increase for all water customers in the city had come under fire from residents who opposed the increase.

The council plans to hold a town hall meeting to discuss the proposed rate hike at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 at Eastern Gateway Community College.

A regular council meeting will follow that session and the legislation is scheduled for a final vote at that time.

In other business during the final meeting of 2013 the council heard a first reading for changes to the city's building code and legislation creating new regulations for vacant residential and commercial properties in the city.

The council heard the first reading for an ordinance approving expenditures without a purchase order over $3,000.

And the council approved an emergency ordinance authorizing the finance director to transfer $27,955.94 from the city's general fund to the summer food program.

The council also approved several year end pieces of legislation regarding the 2013 budget and the 2014 revenue tax budget and temporary appropriations for 2014.

Read the Wednesday edition of the Herald-Star for all the details of the city council meeting.

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