Tecumseh residents will see a $5 increase on their utility bill this month.

Tecumseh residents will see a $5 increase on their utility bill this month.

According to City Manager Jimmy Stokes, the $5 fee will be allocated into a fund for the Tecumseh Police and Fire Departments.

“The city of Tecumseh's sales tax base is so low we needed to set aside money for the police and fire departments to help them in case of an emergency,” Stokes said.

January's billing cycle will be the first time Tecumseh residents see the added fee, Stokes said.

The fee will be included in all utility bills going forward and the city hopes to generate an estimated $150,000 each year, Stokes said.

When funds accumulate, they can be used for new police cars, fire trucks or any equipment the fire department or police department might need, Stokes said.

With no funds yet available, Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney could not speculate on what the police department could potentially spend the money on.