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New Fees, More Road Funds in City Budget

The City Council this week approved a balanced $108.5-million budget for fiscal 1996-97 that includes some new fees and a diversion of funds from housing programs to street improvements.

The council transferred $200,000 from the city’s Community Development Block Grant funds that had been earmarked for housing rehabilitation programs.

The budget also contains new fees and increases in some existing levies. The recovery fee for an impounded car, for example, will increase from $10 to $50, while residential trash rates will go up 35 cents to $12.90 a month.

Among new fees are charges of $5 to $150 for displaying messages on the board at Amerige Park and a levy of $115 to owners of properties that have two false fire alarms in 30 days or three in six months.

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The changes are effective July 1, city officials said.


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