There were no speakers during the public hearing before the meeting, and the council voted unanimously to approve the 2 percent increase.
The first increase will be effective Jan. 1 and the final increase will be Jan. 1, 2019, according to the resolution approved by the council.
“The council of the city of Waleska endeavors to provide maintenance and upgrades as necessary to continue or improve the current level of service,” the resolution reads.
“(As) the cost of maintaining and improving services increases, the city must increase revenues to maintain services.”
According to the resolution, the city was striving to “make the impact as minimal as possible” for residents, deciding on the 2 percent increase annually, and the city can make additional rate raises if needed.
The mayor and city council also decided on specialized city items to order from the Northside Pharmacy in downtown Waleska.
City Manager and Clerk Aimee Abernathy presented various promotional item options to the council, and said at the meeting that she would make the order on Tuesday after the council unanimously approved the purchase.
“The promotional items were on the agenda because Northside Pharmacy is going to start selling Reinhardt items,” Abernathy said. “They approached the city to see if we wanted to have items in the store to sell also.”
The city of Waleska decided to purchase city-themed fleece blankets, umbrellas, Mason jar cups and 24-ounce insulated cups to be sold alongside Reinhardt University items at the Northside Pharmacy.
Many councilmembers expressed their approval and excitement about the Waleska promotional items, including Councilwoman Mary Helen Lamb.
“I love the umbrellas, I think that’s a good choice,” Lamb said.
In other news, Mayor Doris Jones and the council presented Red Ribbon Week proclamations to five representatives of the Young Marines from Cartersville and Canton, with membership times ranging from two to six years, and Canton Young Marines Unit Commander Mark Bennett.
Bennett said all of the Young Marine representatives were “Red Ribbon Week warriors.”
“They’re role models in their schools, they all get good grades,” Bennett said at the meeting. “The Young Marines program bends kids to go in the right direction. Really more than anything, I think, to get them ready for college, and also to be well-adjusted adults.”