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Proposed rate increase for Warner Robins water and sewer customers

A rate increase of 10% is necessary, some council members say.
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - City council presented Mayor Randy Toms' budget for its first reading Monday night.

The budget, which includes around $37 million in the general fund, calls for a 3% pay increase for all city workers. 

At Monday's meeting, council also presented the first reading of a resolution that would raise the city's water and sewer rates.

"It is part of the budget, but it's not passed with the budget," councilwoman Carolyn Robbins says.  "We have another resolution to pass that.  It's 10% [increase] for water and for sewer, which is about $3 for residents [a month] and $5 for businesses."

Robbins says the rate increase is necessary because the city ranks among the state's lowest third in rate costs.  She says the extra funds would also help pay off $28 million the city spent on expanding a wastewater plant.
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