NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON THE RS FIBER PROJECT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a hearing will be held before the City Council on the 4th day of March, 2015, in the City Hall located at 332 Main Ave. at 7:00 PM to discuss the RS Fiber project.
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On February 4, 2015, the City of Gaylord increased the utility rates it charges
residents and businesses. The rate increases come as a result of the Five-Year Budget
Plan, which was recently completed by the City’s auditors. The purpose of this plan
was to determine if the City would have adequate financial resources to maintain
existing fund balances and maintain existing utility (water, sanitary sewer,
stormwater, and refuse) infrastructure. It also took into account new debt related to
the new water tower and recent road construction projects with the current utility
rates. The study concluded that if the City does not adjust its rate structure, it would
face a deficit in the utility funds.
It is necessary to maintain an adequate fund balance in these funds so that
emergency or unanticipated repairs can be made in a timely manner. The last increase
in utility rates occurred in 2009 and the City has had many new projects since then
that need to be paid for. Over these years the utility funds absorbed the inflationary
costs as well as the costs associated with the maintenance of the infrastructure, some
of which is 50 years old and in need of work.