If the Belton City Council approves the water and sewage budget that's on the table, it will mean a rate increase for area residents next year.Director of finance Brandon Bozon introduced the 2017 budget to the council Tuesday evening, and the council now has until September to look it over before they vote it up or down.

The new budget calls for a new rate of $3.70 per 1000 gallons of water, and a wastewater rate of $5 per 1000 gallons. That means a 21 cent increase on water, and a 50 cent increase on wastewater. The current water rate in Belton is considered below average when compared to Texas cities of the same size.

So far this year the sale of water in Belton is on the increase. From last October to June of this year, Belton has sold 516 million gallons of water.

Next year the city of Belton plans on needing to purchase a new Ford F-150 and a new sewer truck.