Lexington's Urban County Council on Thursday gave final approval to a 1 percent increase to a franchise fee on gas and electric utility bills and a slight increase in some property taxes.
The franchise fee is the fee that local governments assess on utility bills.
The money — projected to be an extra $1 to $2 each month for a household that gets a bill of $100 to $200 each month — will go into the city's general fund, which will subsidize the streetlight program. The city has a backlog of 400 to 500 streetlights that need to be installed.
The council on Thursday also gave approval to an increase in property taxes for street cleaning.
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The current rate for street sweeping on property taxes is 0.0094 per $100. The new rate would be 0.0097 per $100, a 2.8 percent increase.
A homeowner who is receiving street cleaning services from the city and who is living in a home costing $165,000 is now paying $15.51 annually for street cleaning. Under the proposed increase, that same homeowner would pay $15.95 each year.