Riverbank council takes up sewer fees tonight

RIVERBANK - The City Council is expected to vote tonight on whether to raise monthly sewer bills by about $6 over three years.

City officials have recommended for more than a year that the council raise sewer rates but have failed to get enough votes.

State law requires four-fifths' council approval to raise sewer rates. That means four Riverbank council members will need to support the increase, which city officials say is needed to pay for repairs and upgrades.

The city faces state fines for not completing an inspection and management plan of its sewer lines.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 6707 Third St.