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Gainesville council OKs no change in water rates
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Gainesville City Council approved keeping water rates unchanged for 2015 in a final vote on the measure Tuesday night.

Council voted 4-1, also approving an 85-cent increase in the account service fee on water bills, with Councilman Sam Couvillon casting the lone dissent.

Couvillon said he supported a zero percent increase in water rates but only a 65-cent increase in the fee, as initially proposed.

In other business, council voted to roll back the property tax rate to $3.02 per $1,000 of taxable property.

Rolling back the tax rate equates to a loss of $134,000 in revenue, but not doing so would have amounted to a tax increase.

Finally, council voted 4-1 to amend its adult entertainment ordinance requiring businesses to post notice and advertise their intent to seek a license.

Councilman George Wangemann voted against the change.

Because adult-themed businesses are no longer required to seek approval of the City Council to operate, the ordinance is no longer necessary, city officials said.

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