A $9 increase in the sewer use fee won approval from the Stanton City Council Tuesday night. The council voted 4-0, with member Rigoberto Ramirez absent, to move forward on the proposal, which will come back for final approval at the June 25 meeting.
Over a five-year period, the city expects to increase the fee by a total of $36. The fee hikes have been divided into five steps; this is step four.
“The reason we put it on a five-year plan is that we didn’t want everyone to have to come up with a gazillion dollars right away,” said Mayor David Shawver.
Stanton resident Steve Sarkis spoke against the proposal, saying “I have not seen any detailed explanation of why is this necessary.” He asked that more specific information be available online for fee-payers to see.
But Shawver replied that there have been public hearings and council discussion of the proposal leading up to the increase. He said the change was necessary to pay for needed improvements in the city’s sewer system.
Also Tuesday night, the council approved on a 4-0 vote final reading of an ordinance to change the city’s zoning map to conform with the general plan. Among the changes are appearance of “mixed-use overlay zones” which allow for residential and commercial uses to be developed side-by-side.