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Jun 11, 2014 7:53 AM by AP

Baker council refuses to increase utility fees.

Despite facing a $171,000 shortfall in the city budget, the Baker City Council has voted against raising sewer and water rates.

The Advocate reports the move might mean decreased police and fire services and possibly salary cuts for elected officials and department heads.

Fire Chief Danny Edwards said Tuesday the fire department will have difficulty maintaining its current level of service.

The proposal called for increasing the flat water fee from $9 to $15 per month for residents inside the city. The per gallon usage would have gone up from $1.50 to $1.75 per thousand gallons.

The sewer rate would have gone up from $14 to $16 per month for residents.

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