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July 8, 2013

Animal Welfare Center, sewer rates up for discussion

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NORMAN —

City staff is expected to present rate increase options. Current monthly charges of a $3.90 base rate and $1.60 per 1,000 gallons of treated sewage were established in 1996.

In 2001, $5 per month sewer maintenance fee was added to pay for sewer line replacement. An excise tax on development pays for new development, and a temporary half-penny sales tax that ended in 2006 was designated to pay for expansion of existing services.

While most of that temporary sales tax has been used, the remaining funds and how to use them have been the subject of heated controversy.

Norman’s wastewater rates are lower than 15 other comparable cities including Moore and Stillwater.

Joy Hampton

366-3539

jhampton@normantranscript.com

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