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Council Focuses on Proposed Fee Increases

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Erie City Council members today met for the third time to review Mayor Joe Sinnott's proposed 2014 budget. And most of the focus was on the proposed increases in sewer and refuse fees.

The proposed budget calls for an annual sewer bill to increase about $35. Fees for trash collection would jump $28 a year.

 Council members seemed to agree the current system of significant fee hikes every few years is not the way to go. Ideas for change include cracking down on delinquent customers, more frequent smaller increases and perhaps changing long term sewer contracts with municipalities. While members say long term changes are likely, rolling back the proposed increases for 2014 would be very difficult.

 Council President Jim Winarski said, "Unfortunately the cost of living goes up, the cost of doing business goes up. But we will look at it very closely once again through the next couple of days and make our final decision come Monday."

Council has scheduled a final budget review for Monday December 9th at 6:30pm at city hall.

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