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Hillsboro, N.D.

The Hillsboro City Commission on Monday approved a “fiscal responsibility initiative” outlining a series of long- and short-term goals for the city while attempting to keeps its finances in check.

City Commission President Levi Reese presented the 11-page blueprint to fellow city leaders earlier this month after announcing the city needed to cut back on its spending.

One of the initiative’s goals proposed the city review its utility rates and city commissioners followed suit by approving a $5-per-month bump in residents’ water and sewer rates starting in December.

Reese said a similar hikes in other utility rates may follow in the months ahead, although he vowed to keep Hillsboro’s rates comparable to those in other cities and that rate adjustments won’t be too steep.

“We want to make sure that when we do rate increases that we do them as responsibly as we can,” Reese said. “I know we are going to have to (make them) at some point.”

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