Longview City Council Thursday will consider raising utility rates 3.1 percent for next year — about $3.79 per month for the typical resident, according to city staff.

The council will discuss the rate increase recommendation and new stormwater management regulations during a workshop at 5 p.m. ahead of the council’s regular meeting at City Hall.

During the regular meeting, staff will recommend authorizing the city to borrow up to $15 million to finance transportation improvements, rehabilitate the Columbia Theatre, purchase a firetruck and complete other projects.

City Manager Dave Campbell will recommend terminating city funding for Pathways 2020 after a survey of members of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments found little perceived value in the Pathways 2020 Community Report Card (CRC) which evaluates health, social, economic, crime and other trends in the community. The city has been giving the effort $12,000 over two years.

Staff will also update the council on the latest zoning amendment drafts regarding residential development standards. The amendments are expected to be presented at the Dec. 7 council meeting.

The council is also expected to:

Authorize a 2018 levy that is 1.51 percentage point higher than the 2017 levy. A public hearing for the 2018 revenue sources occurred on Nov. 2.

Set the ad valorem tax rate at $3.15 per $1,000 of assessed value. This is a 19-cent decrease from last year.

Clarify the meeting agenda structure and memorialize that the constituents’ comments section cannot be used to promote or oppose a candidate for public office or an upcoming ballot measure.

Following the regular meeting, the council will hold an executive session at 8 p.m. regarding a collective bargaining update.

The regular meeting will start at 7 p.m. Thursday in Longview City Hall.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.


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