Newton plans service rate hikes

A proposed $38.8 million budget in Newton raises garbage fees $36 per year and increases power rates 6.4 percent for all customers of the city's electric system.

Property tax rates in the city will remain unchanged at 48 cents per $100 valuation.

Newton City Manager Todd Clark's budget plan also includes a new code enforcement officer and a 2.5 percent cost of living increase for city employees.

City council received a copy of Clark's budget proposal during Tuesday night's regular meeting, and a series of work sessions to discuss the spending plan begins Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the council chambers at Newton City Hall.

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