Verona aldermen heard from a handful of city residents opposing a rate hike in the city's property tax levy as well as opposition to a raise in city sewer fees.
After allowing five minutes for each representative to express their opinion on the matter, aldermen unanimously approved leaving the property tax rate the same as last year, at 0.7581 per $100 assessed valuation.
Though the representatives also requested no additional increase to their sewer rates, Mayor Lloyd Airrington reminded guests that with both Verona-based companies BCP and ADF coming online with the city's wastewater system, the plant operator would have an increase in duties.
City Clerk Julie Ruscha presented aldermen with two examples reflecting an increase in unit rate or base rates with only a $223 difference between the two options.
Ruscha also explained that the city's wastewater budget had not previously been allocated correctly, and that the line item expenses now attributed to that department consistently exceeded the actual budget by nearly $10,000 annually. Funds from the city's general fund have been used to cover those budget overruns.
Aldermen unanimously approved a sewer rate increase of 46 cents per unit, raising the cost from $2.88 per thousand gallons of usage to $3.34 per thousand gallons of usage. Estimated revenues from BCP and ADF will add over $24,000 to the city's coffers.
In other business, aldermen reviewed ordinances on:
* Burning and open burning;
* Discharging air guns;
* Alcoholic beverages;
* Fire department;
* Public amusements;
* Garage sales; and
* Offenses concerning minors.
The next regular meeting of the Verona City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24 at City Hall, located at 144 North Third St.