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Forsyth proposes utility hikes

A new proposed city budget might have homeowners and businesses in Forsyth paying a little more for their utilities. There were hikes for water, sewer, and power rates as much as 10-percent to balance the budget. They are attempts to cover a deficit of $264,000. Water will increase by 5-percent, power 9-percent, and sewer rates will increase by 10-percent. Lynn Bassett opened up Ashley Marie's, a boutique located downtown, only five months ago. Not only is she focused on building a customer base, but also making sure her doors stay open. But Bassett says the increases sound reasonable. "But I mean, I can understand. Being a new owner here, it would be good not to go up, but what do you say if they're going to do it?," she said. If this proposal passes, Bassett will need to budget about 30 extra dollars a month to compensate for the rate increase. Forsyth's City Council hopes to pass the budget on January 21st.

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