More than 150 people crowded the City Council chambers today for a hearing on why and how the city would use more than $100 million in stormwater fees over the next five years.
Councilman Jack Benson asked if there was anything unnecessary in the city's $22 million-a-year budget for water quality.
"Are we plugging anything not needed?" Mr. Benson asked.
Mayor Ron Littlefield said the money would pay for nothing extra.
"There's nothing extraneous," he said.
"Okay," Mr. Benson replied. "You're on the record."
The city increased its water quality fee more than a month ago, raising the residential rates from $36 a month to $115.20 a year.
Many of those at the meeting said their bills went up from hundreds of dollars a year to many thousands of dollars.
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