The Sulphur Springs City Council approved several ordinances affecting next fiscal year’s budget on second and final reading at a special meeting Tuesday night. The new budget goes into effect Thursday. The council approved the appropriations ordinance. They voted to keep the tax rate at 44-cents per $100 valuation. Even the tax rate was unchanged, tax revenue increased 1.35% due to increased net taxable value.
One ordinance passed will increase sewer rates by 2%. The council is phasing in sewer rate increases over five years so the $15-million Wastewater Treatment Plant renovation will not hit with a huge increase all at once. The council also authorized updated service credits for employees.