GRANDVIEW, Wash - One local community in the Yakima Valley is going to have to pay more for their utilities. The average household in Grandview can plan to pay almost four more dollars next year.
Monday night the city council held another study session to figure out how to fix a $330,000 deficit in next year's budget. The proposed solution was to raise the water utility tax from 17.5% to 24.2% and the solid waste utility tax from 17.5% to 40%.
Grandview's mayor says budget problems like this are no different than any other community faces.
"Our revenues don't keep up with our expenditures, our expenditures increase at a rate that is higher than our revenues so it leaves you a gap and and you have to fill that gap," explains Grandview Mayor Norm Childress.
Other ideas not chosen to fix the deficit were to close the city pool or to discontinue the graffiti removal service.
Even with the increase in the utility taxes, members of the council say Grandview has the lowest rates in the Yakima area.
The proposed increases will be voted on December 17th and if approved, go into effect January 1st.