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Bainbridge new revenue system presented to city council

Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby presented a proposal for a new revenue system last night. (Source:WALB) Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby presented a proposal for a new revenue system last night. (Source:WALB)
It relies on revenue from service-based fees like water and sewage instead of sales and property tax. (Source:WALB) It relies on revenue from service-based fees like water and sewage instead of sales and property tax. (Source:WALB)
(Source:WALB) (Source:WALB)
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Bainbridge City Manager Chris Hobby presented a proposal for a new revenue system last night.

It relies on revenue from service-based fees like water and sewage instead of sales and property tax.

"So that's going to mean an increase on our rates, however if you're just a water customer you will actually see a decrease," said Hobby.

Of the city's 6600 customers, 1800 of them will see bill go down.

For the rest, they will increase to $45 a month.

"For the average water and sewer customer, the person that is using 5000 gallons a month with water and sewer combined. They are going to see their bill go up about $10 a month," said Hobby.

But good news for residents is that millage rate was rolled back half a mil.

"We're trying to strike a balance so you get a little bit of tax relief but you do a little increase on your water bill," said Hobby.

With more money in the budget the city will finally be able to finish projects that many people in the community have been asking for such as the boat basin.

The city also says it will work on improving the public safety department with new vehicles, better equipment and higher pay.

"And so you've got to do everything you can to invest in them, it goes beyond compensation. It goes to making sure that they have the best possible equipment and that you're keeping them as safe as you can keep them because we are asking these people to go out and enforce the laws," said Hobby.

$740,000 will be put into the city's reserves to be used for pay raises. $480,000 dollars will be spent on projects in the city and equipment.

The city council is set to approve the budget September 20th.

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