Some substantial revisions to the city’s fees are front and center at the April 12 Asheville City Council meeting. A change to water rates would raise costs for business and large customers while leaving the residential rates unchanged.
The proposed changes come from a report by Raftellis Financial Consulting, which found that Asheville’s water rate burden on residential customers is high, compared to other cities, and relatively light on large users and commercial users. The changes will generate an estimated $340,000 in additional revenue.
Other fee changes include setting all parking garage fees to the same rate (bringing in about $68,000 in additional revenue) and “minor fee changes proposed in the Civic Center, Golf, and Transit Enterprise Funds” generating about $37,980 a year. The changes, according to the staff report, “are designed to more fully recover the expenditures associated with providing specific services.”
Council will also vote on early voting sites for this year’s elections, consider a resolution committing the city to reducing its carbon footprint four percent each year for the next five years, and may direct staff to draft an incentive grant proposal for the 280-unit Weirbridge Village housing development in South Asheville.
The meeting begins at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in Council’s chambers on the second floor of City Hall. A pre-meeting budget briefing will begin at 3 p.m. in the first floor conference room. See below for live Twitter coverage.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter