Proposed fee increases passed first readings at the city council meeting on Oct. 15.
With council members Carolyn Baggott and Jason Whinghter absent, the council unanimously gave initial approval to ordinances that would increase fire protection fees for some customers, increase custom street light fees and increase water rates. If adopted, the higher fees would take effect Jan. 1.
The Fire Protection Rates and Procedures ordinance calls for a $12 per year increase for fire protection for homes located outside of city limits and not on the city’s utility system. This would raise the fee for those customers from $60 to $72 per year.
Those living in subdivisions where custom street lights are provided could see a 40 cent increase per month in their custom street light fee. The increase would result in a new fee of $2.05 per month.
The Water Rate Adjustment ordinance would increase water rates a minimum of 75 cents for residential customers. The average residential customer would see about $1.20 added to their bill each month.
The council also held the first reading of its 2013 budget and passed it unanimously.
The second and third readings of the ordinances and the budget will be held Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 during regular city council meetings.
In other council news, Jeremy Jiunnies, supervisor of programs and facilities for North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services department, was recognized by the council as the employee of the quarter for the months of July, August and September.
Jiunnies has worked in the department since 1996 and is the department’s primary contact for the Nike Peach Jam and Nike Nationals tournaments held at Riverview Park Activities Center each July.