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City Council delays utility surcharge vote

City Council delays utility surcharge vote

1 month ago by Scott Hardy

Final reading now set for next week

The Quincy City Council has delayed a final vote on adding a $9 a month surcharge to water and sewer rates, to over-come a projected $3 million deficit. 

Aldermen Monday night voted to table a third reading of the proposed ordinance to add the surcharge, starting in March. Sixth Ward Alderwoman Patty Maples made the motion to table. After the meeting, she said she'd like to see the Utilities Department, the Utilities Committee and other aldermen talk more about other possible ways to pay for the projected $3.2 million short-fall, before taking a vote on the ordinance.

( Alderwoman Patty Maples :14 )

The Utilities Committee plans to meet Thursday afternoon. The Council also tabled for a week a resolution to hire Anders Technology. They would act as a consultant for the City's IT department. Anders has already done an evaluation of the IT Department. Under the contract, which wouldn't go over $50,000, they would help the department complete projects that are either in progress or haven't been started yet. The cyber attack on the City's network has taken up the vast majority of the IT Department's time since it was first discovered in May.

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