Utility Fee Increase Decision Delayed by Medford Council
The Medford City Council has decided to postpone a decision on an increase in utility fees until January in hopes the contributions to the state Public Employees Retirement System won’t be as high as expected, freeing up money for public works.
The council has just raised utility fees $2 a month for the average household to pay for $32 million in bonds to pay for a new police station and three fire stations.
The council was set to raise fees again for the next two years which would have added more than three million dollars annually to the public works budget for street and utility maintenance and repair.
Councilors are seeking ways to avoid the new fees by dipping into other revenue sources for the time being, fearing residents are tapped out.