Medford to increase utility fees

Medford to increase utility fees

The Medford City Council voted to raise residents' utility fees to pay for a new police headquarters and three firehouses.

The unanimous vote will raise the utility fee for every resident and business by $2 per month the first year. The fee will gradually rise, topping out at $4.82 per month by the fifth year. However, this increase will coincide with a decline in a $2.82 street fee.

The bond will pay for a $21.6 million police headquarters and parking garage at Ivy and 10th streets. Meanwhile, Medford Fire-Rescue will receive $10.6 million rebuild three new firehouses, which officials claim are outdated.

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