Sterling Looking at Temporary Freeze on Any New Fee Increases

Sterling Looking at Temporary Freeze on Any New Fee Increases

The Sterling City Council Monday night took a look at ways the city can help small businesses and the citizens of Sterling get through this unprecedented pandemic.

The Council is also looking at the city budget which must be adopted and put on file at the next meeting in two weeks.  During the two week time, council members must decide if they can freeze any new fee increases the new budget may call for.

Mayor Skip Lee said every budget has fee increases such as garbage and the like.  But, he said the city does have some reserves they can tap into to offset the fee increases.  What the council has to decide is, how long can they eat the fee increases and not cause long term damage said the mayor.

The mayor said the council will make their decision at the next meeting in two weeks.  As the mayor put it, he understands the difficulties the citizens are facing as some are finding they have limited hours or are possibly out of work because of the pandemic.  He said the city needs to do whatever it can to help people get through this.