Massac, IL – The Metropolis city council last night discussed a budget deficit, a sewer separation project and rising water bills. The city has a 2.5 million dollar deficit due to an EPA ordered separation of sewer and runoff pipes. Also the water bills can no longer be subsidized by the local gaming industry because of a drop in revenue. City officials have applied for government loans and grants to help buffer citizens from large sudden hikes to sewer and water rates. The financial committee meets on the issue August 20th and there will be a full city council meeting August 24th.