- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams has proposed a budget that would raise fees for water and sewer services, while also pushing for a property tax increase in the city.

The News Journal (http://delonline.us/P4OQsM ) reports Williams‘ budget includes an 8 percent increase in water and sewer fees and a 7 percent increase in storm water fees. An average water and sewer customer would pay about $45 more per year.

The increase in fees would come on top of a nearly 10 percent increase in the property tax rate. That increase could cost the average homeowner an additional $78 or more per year.

Wilmington has increased water and sewer fees each year since 2010 to make the fund self-sustaining. Williams‘ budget proposal says the increases would pay for improvements and rising costs.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com

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