Knox Council propose increases for city residents

KNOX — During its regular meeting Monday, the Knox City Council recommended slight increases in monthly water and sewage charges and annual property tax rates.  All increases will be phased-in over the next two years. It should be noted that Knox water and sewage rates are some of the lowest in the State, and will remain lower than most other cities in this area.
A fire protection charge will be added to the monthly water bill to shift the rental and maintenance cost of maintaining fire hydrants to the end user. The average monthly increase will be $2.35 starting this year, and an additional $2.35 increase starting in August 2013.
Stormwater fees will be added to sewer rates to meet government regulations for disposal of storm drainage. The monthly fee will be $1 this year, and increase to $2 in August 2013.
The current property allocation for Cumulative Capital Development per $100 assessed valuation will increase from $.0164 to $.0333 on taxes payable in 2013 and to $.05 in 2014.
A public hearing on these issues will be held at 7 p.m. July 30 at the City Hall.