Sewer rates in the City of Melissa will increase this October by an average of 2.9 percent. At the Melissa City Council’s last meeting, the Council unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance amending the sewer rates for the city. Rates will go up to offset an increase in water cost from the city’s provider, the North Texas Municipal Water District.

Council also voted to approve the City’s 2016-17 proposed budget, which includes funding for 12 different capital investments, an additional police officer, firefighter and part-time warrant officer.

The tax rate was also approved and will stay at its current rate of .61 per $100 of property valuation. The tax rate has not changed for nine years in a row.

While the rate is staying static, total property tax revenue is expected to increase by $353,250 or 8.2 percent more than last year’s budget. The change is from new property added to the tax roll.

Also unanimously approved were the 2016-17 budgets for the Melissa Industrial and Economic Development Corporation and the Melissa Community and Economic Development Corporation.

Meeting Notes: Absent from this meeting was Mayor Pro-tem Tom Stevens.