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Those residents expecting to see their wastewater bill increase next month can breathe a sigh of relief.

Jordan Reece/Larson Newspapers Aeration Basins, at the Wastewater Reclamation Plant are the first stage of treatment for effluent wastewater, as the water is circulated through cultivated bacteria within massive 450,000 gallon chambers for one week, before moving on to the secondary clarifier. The Sedona City Council recently voted 6-1 to defer the proposed 10 percent increase to monthly wastewater rates.The Sedona City Council voted 6-1 to defer the proposed 10 percent rate increase for an undetermined amount of time. Councilman Mike Ward voted against it, saying he wanted a more precise time frame as to when the increase would go into effect this year.

As part of the 2013 budget, the city contracted with wastewater rate study consultant Grant Hoag to complete a new wastewater rate study, a city document said. While the full study is not expected to be completed until this fall, Hoag has completed his preliminary financial analysis, which concluded that the 10 percent rate increases planned for the next two years will not be needed.

For the full story, see the Friday, July 26, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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