The Dalles City Council received a report on water and sewer rates on Monday evening. The report, based on recently compiled data from the League of Oregon Cities, showed water rates in The Dalles are higher than average and wastewater rates are lower. Mayor Steve Lawrence says he wasn’t sure how to completely evaluate how to use the information as presented, noting he was looking for any possible way to reduce the rate burden on residents. Lawrence pointed out water rates in The Dalles remained unchanged between 1994 and 2006 with no capital improvements taking place, so the City is in catch-up mode. In other business, Councilors approved an agreement with Wasco County to take over responsibility for roads in annexed areas the City had not accepted into its street system. The two agencies will chip seal the roads, then the City will accept them. The County approved the agreement last week.