The Longview City Council has another long night planned, starting at 5 pm with a workshop session. They will discuss the implementation of new stormwater rules, and they will also take a look at the proposed utility rate schedule for next year. City Staff is proposing increases in the water, sewer and stormwater utilities, but no increase in solid waste rates. The proposed increases would hike the average monthly utility bill in Longview by $3.79, or an increase of 3.1 percent. The Council will provide direction to staff on what the rate schedule should be.
The regular meeting starts at 7 pm, where the Council will be asked to take action on an ordinance that will provide for the sale of 15 million dollars in General Obligation bonds; money from those bonds will help pay for improvements at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, a new ladder truck for Longview Fire, and for other projects. Action on the 2018 property tax rate will be taken, the third-quarter review of the city’s General Fund will be presented, and the Council will also discuss continued financial support for Pathways 2020. An executive session on collective bargaining is also scheduled for 8 pm. The workshop and the regular meeting are open to the public, while the executive session is not.