The Rock Island City Council approved an increase in sewer rates.
Rates will increase by 3% starting in April and there will be another 3% increase in January of 2015. This decision comes after the Mayor spoke about the economic status of the city in his State of the City address.
Mayor Dennis Pauley said the city is doing financially well and is moving forward with new developments. Some of those developments are the construction of the new police station, a Walmart at Watchtower Plaza, and restaurants and retail stores for the Jumer's Crossing area.
Mayor Pauley says it's important for the city to maintain its market share of Jumer's Crossing and new development around it will help.
"Jumer's has the situation right now where they are going to be building in Davenport, going to be building in Bettendorf. As they get those done, they are going to be building amenities with them," said Pauley. "We need to have those amenities to keep Jumer's viable with the others."
FedEx is also expanding its business in the city with a new distribution center. Construction on that facility, along with the police station, is expected to start in the spring.