Two public hearings are scheduled for the Sedalia City Council's March 16 meeting at the Municipal Building, 200 South Osage.

The first involves a proposed $2 monthly increase in sanitation fees for Sedalia residents. Shaw called the increase "absolutely necessary" and doesn't actually cover the cost of operations and payments on the new sanitation trucks.

The other is a proposed six percent increase in sewer fees.

Public comments will be heard at the Council meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 16. The public is invited to attend.

City Administrator Kelvin Shaw explained on March 2 at a City Council meeting that a decision was made by Council members four years ago to increase rates in increments of about eight percent per year, as suggested by a study that was commissioned at the time.

Water rates will not increase, except in cases in new lines being installed for fire protection service, Shaw noted.

In addition to the rate hike hearings, the City will hold a budget hearing March 16 to examine a final draft being proposed for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.