OYSTER CREEK — Residents should see much change in their property tax bills but will pay more for water and sewage service under proposals finalized by City Council.

Minimum water bills for residents, based on 2,000-gallon usage, will increase from $28.13 to $30.57, according to the city. Commercial minimum water bills, based on 5,000-gallon usage, will increase from $46.86 to $63.98.

The increases are necessary because the city has been absorbing increases in the cost of providing water and sewage service to residents and it is time for the fees to catch up, Finance Director Lanita Chitwood said.

The proposed tax rate for the upcoming year is 29.3 cents per $100 of appraised property value, which is the effective tax rate, according to budget documents. The effective rate is that which will bring in the same amount of revenue as the current year from property on the tax rolls both years.

Mayor Justin Mills originally wanted to decrease the tax rate to offset the higher water fees, but was satisfied with the effective rate since it would not raise tax bills across the board, he said.

The 2019-20 budget includes some big upcoming projects the city wanted to fund, including clearing reeds from the creeks and construction on city entrance signs.

Council is scheduled to approve the budget when it meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at Oyster Creek City Hall.

Lyndsey Privett is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0149.​

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