East Ridge keeps garbage fees, won't take over sewers

photo East Ridge Mayor Brent Lambert

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With debates over garbage fees and sewer authorities, East Ridge budget season has been particularly messy this year.

But after a three-hour meeting full of tense discussion and two close votes, the City Council voted Thursday night not to form its own water and wastewater authority, and not to raise property taxes in favor of keeping garbage fees as a separate bill.

Forming the authority would have been what Mayor Brent Lambert called "the first step of a thousand-step process" toward the city trying to take back its sewer lines from the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority.