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City of Mabton Budget Briefs

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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 Prosser.

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.

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