CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) The Chattanooga City Council passed the Fiscal Year 2019 budget with a Water Quality Fee increase.
They took a final vote on the budget during the agenda meeting Tuesday evening.
All council members voted yes except for two, District 3 Council Member Ken Smith and District 1 Council Member Chip Henderson.
Council Member Henderson said his concern was on the Water Quality Fee increase.
Even though its an eleven dollar increase this coming year, it will be another increase for the next five years consecutively which will be six consecutive years of a tax increase, and I just felt like that was more than our citizens can bear, Council Member Henderson said.
According to officials, the Water Quality Fees and increase will be waived for people in the senior citizen tax freeze and relief programs.
The fees will be paid through the general operating fund.
In the $273 million budget, the money is going to various operations impacting residents priorities that include safer streets and stronger neighborhoods.
In my district, were going to improve some of the centers, which is a great thing. I think with dealing with employees theyll be receiving an increase is ...