Franklin residents will start the new year by paying more for their water and sewage bills.
Franklin General Authority members approved the water and sewage hikes at their monthly meeting Tuesday, along with water and sewer operating budgets for 2020.
Authority members and city manager Tracy Jamieson attribute the increases to several large projects the authority will be tackling in the coming years as the city works to upgrade its antiquated water and sewer systems.
Authority members will still need to settle on a capital fund budget for the coming year but have opted to delay the vote until a meeting can be held to discuss time constraints on several projects up for consideration.
“I think we need to take some time to talk about this … how we can split all this money up without putting us in the hole,” authority chairman Tim Dunkle said.