The North Augusta City Council passed a public safety ordinance Nov. 19 that will raise fire-protection fees for those who live outside the city limits.
There will be a $12 increase for those homes, increasing the current fee from $60 to $72 per year. Given the current number of customers in that category, it would affect about 162 customers, according to the budget.
“As I understand it, it equalizes the fees for people outside city limits,” Mayor Lark Jones said.
The ordinance was passed on a third reading, in addition to a custom street light fees ordinance, the annual consolidated budget for 2013, taxes for 2013 and a water rate adjustment ordinance. All members of the council were present.
The budget also includes a 40-cent increase per month in the custom street light fee for people living in subdivisions where decorative street lights are provided, increasing the fee from $1.65 to $2.05 per month.
The budget does not call for an increase in taxes.
The fee increases will take effect Jan. 1.
Possible dates for the 2013 election passed first and second readings.
The mayor’s position and three council seats will be up for election, which is proposed to be held on April 30. The time for entry of candidates into party primaries or conventions will be from 9 a.m. Jan. 7 through noon on Jan. 14.
A bid by IPR Southeast LLC for construction of the stormwater pipe lining project was also passed. The bid, for a total of $177,260, was approved to allow the Stone Mountain, Ga., company to fix damaged pipes that are scattered around residential areas of North Augusta.