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October 16, 2013

Council discusses possible rate increases in certain utilities

CHICKASHA —

The Chickasha City Council looked at possibly raising utility rates in order to fund capitol projects during a work shop session Monday night. 

City Manager Stuart Fairburn said there was no final result in the discussion, but currently the city is budgeting for a 5 percent increase in water rates, 8 percent increase in waste water rates and a 6 percent increase in sanitation rates. 

Fairburn said these figures could change as the current amounts do not create enough revenue to complete capitol water projects. 

"The current rates won't allow us to get the work done," he said. 

The council also looked at the possibility of closing a trailer park near the Chickasha Airport. 

"They were open to bringing this to council next week," Fairburn said. "We are looking at giving a years notice before we close it down."

No administrators or residents of the trailer park attended the meeting, but Fairburn said he is fully aware of their concerns. 

"Many of the residents have expressed their views and most would prefer to not move," he said. 

The city's ownership over local land may be expanding as well after Monday night's meeting. 

Fairburn said two parcels  north of Choctaw Avenue have been put up for grabs by their respective owners. One piece of land is being donated while the city will consider buying the other. 

Finally, the council looked at the city's financial policies. 

"We've really started putting this together for the first time," Fairburn said. "We have always had some investment policies, but this is the first time we have basically made a manual."

The council will meet at 5:30 p.m on Monday to continue discussion and vote on these and several other items during their regular meeting.

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