Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Public hearing planned for next Mabton council meeting
MABTON - The Mabton City Council will host a public hearing
to discuss water/sewer fee increases and the proposed 2006 preliminary budget
at the next city council meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 22.
Starting in 2006, monthly sewer rates are expected to rise
by 3 percent from $30.16 to $31.06. For senior citizens, the rate will increase
from $25.16 to $26.06.
Water rates will rise from $19.76 to $20.35 for meters
3/4" or smaller. Most residential houses have this size of meter. The base
charge covers the first 536 cubic feet of water. If a family uses more than
this amount of water, they will be charged $1.24 per unit up to 402 cubic feet.
A unit is 134 cubic feet. If they use over 938 cubic feet, they will be charged
$1.28 per unit.
Mabton city employees to receive salary increase
MABTON - The Mabton City Council is projecting a 3 percent
cost of living increase to city employee salaries in the new budget. The
council will also revive step increases for the city employees that have been
frozen since 2003.
The step increase will add approximately 2 percent to the
salaries of city employees.
Mabton City Police to lease two new police cars
MABTON - Mabton Police plan on leasing two new patrol cars
through the Ford Municipality Lease program.
This program allows police to lease new cars for four years
and when the lease is up, police can buy the cars for $1.
Mabton plans on leasing the cars from Denchel Ford in
In the past, Mabton Police leased stripped down cars from
out of the area. They would then buy the equipment they needed for the patrol
cars and install it. Now, they plan on leasing fully operational patrol cars.
"This will make things easier for us," Mabton
Police Chief Raul Almeida said. "Now, if something goes wrong with the
patrol car, we just have to take it to Prosser to be fixed."
When the police are finished with the cars, they sell them
to other police departments or at auction. The money made from the sale goes
back into the city's general fund.