Petersburg approves temporary water bill increase, OKs funding for new emergency vehicles

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) — Tuesday’s city council meeting in Petersburg was dubbed the ‘Super Bowl of council meetings’ by the Robert Bobb Group, and 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh says it certainly lived up to that billing.

First, council members voted to increase the water and wastewater rates by 14.3 percent but decided only to have that rate hike last through January 2018 with hopes the city will do a better job moving forward of collecting outstanding bills.

Also on the agenda was a measure to bring in a tax collector to take the job of the treasurer’s office when it comes to collecting taxes. At least one council member seemed to suggest the current treasurer was not doing a good enough job, something Treasurer Kevin Brown took issue with.

Ultimately, council voted against the hiring of a tax collector.

Council members also approved a measure that would allow the city to purchase more emergency vehicles.

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