Action was taken on Longview utility rates for the coming year, accepting staff recommendations on water, sewer, solid waste and stormwater charges. Monthly rates for water will rise from $28.59 to $29.96 per month, sewer rates go from $64.83 to $66.14 per month, and stormwater rates go from $11.10 to $12.21 per month. Solid waste rates will remain unchanged. The rates show a rise of 3.1 percent, adding about $3.79 cents to the monthly Longview utility bill for 2018. The average combined utility bill will rise from $122.93 per month to $126.72.
The revenue picture for the City of Longview looks pretty good for 2018, as Finance Director and Assistant City Manager Kurt Sacha presents the 3rd quarter report at last night’s meeting. Sacha now says that the city should receive $35.3 million in revenue this year, which comes in about $380,000 over the amount that was originally budgeted. Revenues are running about 2.2 percent higher than in 2016; Sacha says that they’re currently shows “moderate, sustained growth” in the local economy. Expenditures are also down, and even though the city will have to spend about $1 million in reserves to balance the 2018 budget, Sacha says that they will still be left with a healthy ending fund balance at the end of 2018.
Sacha was one of five City of Longview employees that were recognized for their decades of service. Crystal timepieces were presented to the employees at last night’s meeting, marking the service of each. It’s noted that these five employees have a combined total of 155 years of service to Longview. Jerry Ritchie has been with the Longview Library for 45 years, Sacha and Ron Bishop with Longview Parks were honored for their 40 years of service, and Bobby Nichols was recognized for his 30 years of work with Longview Fire.