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HOW CHATTANOOGA SENIORS CAN GET A BREAK ON WATER QUALITY FEES - CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS

When Chattanooga's Stormwater Regulations Board voted this summer to hike water quality fees that city residents pay each year along with their tax bills, some people protested the impact on low-income senior citizens. Now the city government is partnering with United Way to ease that burden for seniors on the city's property tax freeze program. City council members are expected to vote Tuesday to give $300,000 to United Way of Greater Chattanooga, which will use the money to pay the fees. Mayor Andy Berke said in a news release that seniors on fixed incomes "can be among our most vulnerable citizens." "As our city continues to grow, we have to remember those who see costs rise - but who don't see their incomes rising at the same time," Berke said. "This action gives more seniors more choices about where and how they will age. I'm grateful to the City Council and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga for working with us toward this goal." Council Chairman Ken Smith added, "Growth in our community is a positive thing, but we cannot allow growth and development to place additional burdens on those citizens who simply cannot afford to keep pace with the ...

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