City to increase several fees and rates

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) As the year comes to a close, city leaders are beginning to gear up and prepare for 2014.

The Grand Junction City Council has already started to plan their new budget and are set to make some big decisions at Wednesday evening's council meeting.

During the meeting, the Council will review a resolution to increase fees for utilities and several parks and recreation services, effective January 1st.

"They've spoken about these fees with the department directors and the operations," says Grand Junction Financial Operations Director, Jodi Romero. "[They] understand really whats behind the fee changes in several workshops leading up to this council meeting tonight."

Waste water fees are set to increase by $2.50 per residence; solid waste pick up fees will increase between $0.43 and $0.85, depending on the size and number of containers; Two Rivers Convention Center will increase room-rental fees but won't be changing service club rates; and in the parks and rec department, rates for some of our most popular spots, like the Lincoln Park Pool, will change depending on the amount of time spent there.

As for the utility rates, those have only changed once since 2009 and the extra fees will go towards capital improvement plans to keep them running smoothly.

At this week’s city council meeting the resolution was unanimously approved and will go into effect on January 1st.

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