Medford Utility Fees on the Rise
The Medford city council last night voted unanimously to raise utility fees to pay for a $32 million bond to build a new police headquarters and three firehouses. Every residence and business will begin paying an additional $2 per month the first of the year.
The fee will gradually rise topping out at $4.82 per month by the end of the fifth year. The increase does coincide with a decline in a $2.82 street fee. The net effect is that by the end of five years, overall utility fees will rise from $49.71 to $51.79.
The bond will pay for a $21.6 million police headquarters and parking garage at Ivy and 10th, while Fire-Rescue will receive $10.6 million to rebuild three outdated firehouses.