Hickory proposes service fee hikes

The city of Hickory plans to hike its water and sewer rates 3 percent and maintain its current 50-cent property tax rate in the coming fiscal year.

Hickory’s fiscal year 2012-13 recommended budget totals $94,791,213 for all city operations, capital improvements and debt service requirements for the upcoming year, according to a press release from the city.

Fees for water and sewer services increase to remain consistent with cost increases reflected in the previous year's Consumer Price Index (CPI), according to the city.

The city also proposes a $1 increase in its Solid Waste Fee.

To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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