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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/15/14, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents will have to pay more in utility bills starting next month, with increases expected to continue over the next several years.

There have been no revisions in fees and charges to offset the sharp increases in costs for water, sewer maintenance and solid waste through the years. The utility has not passed along those increased costs to cover the rate increases, said Public Works Director Rosemary Hoerning.

The City Council voted last week in favor of the increases 4-1, with Councilman Glenn Bozar opposing.

Mayor Ray Musser said it was something that needed to be done in order to meet financial obligations and stabilize operating budgets.

“You have to make up for lost time,” he said.

While the rates have remained the same, the costs have increased.

“It needs to stand on its own. We’re a nonprofit — we can’t make a profit,” Musser said about the three services.

The new fees take effect on July 1, the start of the fiscal year. The annual increases will take effect on the start of the new fiscal year.

The city’s solid waste program revenues have been adjusted according to the Consumer Price Index, but the revenue collected for disposal fees is fixed at 2007 costs.

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