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Trenton Commission approves 2.25 mills and 5% increase of water and sewer rates

By John Ayers
The Trenton City Commission held their first public meeting in September on Monday afternoon as they discussed the proposed tentative budgets for 2018-2019 fiscal year. Commissioner Haley proposed the City of Trenton approve a 2.25 millage rate and adopt a water and sewer rate increase of 5%. Commissioner Rutter gave a motion to adopt Resolution 2018-16 identifying tentative millage rate for fiscal year 2018-2019. Commissioner Haley gave a second to the motion. Mayor Deen called for a Roll Call vote as the Commission approved the resolution by a 3-2 vote. Commissioners Davis and Hellams voted No on this motion.
Commissioner Haley made a motion to approve Resolution 2018-17 in the tentative budget, a resolution allowing the operation of the proposed budget in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Commissioner Davis gave a second to the motion before the board approved the resolution by a unanimous roll call vote.
Trenton Public Safety Chief Matt Rexroat introduced David Reeves to the Trenton City Commission and explained that Mr. Reeves would become an auxiliary reserve officer with Trenton Department of Public Safety as soon as he receives the oath of office.
Chief Rexroat reported that the Trenton Fire Department has added three new members in August to the fire department. The fire department responded to 35 calls for service in August.
The Trenton Police answered the request for service from 59 callers seeking law enforcement help and made two arrests in August.
Chief Rexroat reported that Trenton Fire Department has received a confirmation that they were awarded the State of Florida Fire Fighter Assistance grant. This funding source will allow the Trenton department to purchase five new self-contained breathing apparatuses and four sets of new fire protective bunker gear. This new equipment was estimated to cost $46,741.96 and will be paid for completely by the grant, Chief Rexroat explained.