The Cape Girardeau City Council will look to raise water, sewer and solid-waste fees when it meets tonight. City officials say with the fee hikes, the average Cape Girardeau utility bill would climb to $77.35 a month. The fee increases are among several increases contained in the proposed 2016-2017 city budget. The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and give preliminary approval to a $90.3 million budget at the meeting. The new budget year will begin July 1. City staff officials have proposed a 3 percent increase to residential and commercial water rates and increases to the solid waste and transfer station fees. City finance director John Richbourg tells KZIM KSIM what the extra revenue will go towards.
He says residents would see their monthly residential solid-waste charge increase by 50 cents to $19.75. Disposal fees at the city’s transfer station are proposed to increase 2.61 percent to $59 a ton.