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City cuts license requirement for some Riverton businesses

Jun 9, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Officials said implementation of the ordinance would have little or no financial effect on the city's budget.

The Riverton City Council approved a new ordinance April 15 that repeals a chapter in the Riverton Municipal Code requiring certain businesses to acquire a license from the city. Licenses will no longer be required for special investigators, private detectives and security agents; taxicab and limousine drivers; and people who prune, trim and remove trees.

City staff determined that employees were performing unnecessary work to provide the licenses and handle the small fees. Officials said implementation of the ordinance would have little or no financial effect on the city's budget.

An increase in water, sewer and sanitation rates for Riverton residents also was approved through adoption of resolutions in April. The Riverton Municipal Code requires that the rates be adjusted each year to align with the national Consumer Price Index, which went up 1.1 percent this year.

Officials said the adjustments will increase an average family's utility bill by $3.11.

The sewer rates will increase by an additional 5.9 percent above the CPI to help replenish the reserves in that fund. Staff said costly city projects have affected that fund substantially.

A bulk-fill station increase also was approved, for a fee of 25 cents per 70 gallons. There also will be a 10 percent administration charge for shipping and handling costs on damaged meters.

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