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City approves water and sewer rates, alcohol fees for 2018

November 14, 2017--6:04 a.m.

Staff reports

Water and Sewer rates for City of Rome customers will be staying the same in 2018.

The Rome City Commission approved the fee schedule Monday night.

“The only change is under the ‘water connection fees’ for the meter size of up to 3-quarters of an inch,” said Commissioner Craig McDaniel. “We are reducing that from a $1,800 connection fee to a $1,600 connection fee.”

2018 Water and Sewer Rates

The commission also approved alcohol fees for the coming year.

“They have looked at comparable cities and our desire to be more in-line cost-wise and be more business-friendly,” said Commissioner Evie McNiece. “It is looking at beer, wine, and liquor. Some of the costs will be slightly increased, a lot of it will be slightly decreased, and for the City of Rome it will basically be revenue neutral.”

Alcohol Fees

Commissioners also approved a payment in lieu of taxes agreement regarding “The Spires,” a nonprofit home for seniors.

The Development will consist of 177 independent living units, 33 assisted living units, 34 skilled nursing units, and 33 memory care units on the Property, with an approximate value of $135,000,000.

The agreement is for 10 years.

Commissioners also voted to permanently close a closed and abandoned portion of Braves Boulevard, running northeast off the Armuchee Connector to its dead end at the cul-de-sac.

The commission also unanimously approved last Tuesday’s Election results.