Public Works Director Rony Joel presents council with the state of the water utility, saying that the sewer assessment pot is empty and there are less than 90 days left in the operating fund. Joel and city consultants informed council of factors leading to rate hikes, including 'dampened water usage in the future forecast' and erred projections of more customers and city growth while the actual number of customers is shrinking.

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Public Works Director Rony Joel presents council with the state of the water utility, saying that the sewer assessment pot is empty and there are less than 90 days left in the operating fund. Joel and city consultants informed council of factors leading to rate hikes, including "dampened water usage in the future forecast" and erred projections of more customers and city growth while the actual number of customers is shrinking.

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