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Lawton City Council votes to raise services fees

Published: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:07 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 10:27 PM CDT
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LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) - Lawton City Council voted to increase water, sewer, refuse, and landfill services fees at Tuesday’s meeting.

That means Lawtonians will see a 1.5% increase in fees and a 50 cent increase in rolling stock, going into effect on July 1st.

The City Manager Michael Cleghorn said the City’s rolling stock fees have not changed in a decade, but the price of the equipment has increased by about 4% per year.

“This is an attempt to help us increase that fee to help us keep up with the vehicles that we need,” he said. “Newer vehicles or more reliable vehicles help us provide those services in a more timely manner without all the complications of breakdowns or the inability to provide a service if we don’t have the equipment available at all.”

Meanwhile he says prices for chemicals used to treat water have also increased.

According to Cleghorn, there’s actually an increase in ultilities every year based on the Consumer Price Index -- that’s council policy.

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