City of Ephrata lawmakers put pen to paper on a $19.25 million budget for 2018. The spending plan is a 3.2% increase from 2017. According to city officials there’s been an increase in revenue from local fees, fines and charges along with additional revenue from recreation programs. The budget provides for a 2.5 percent cost of living wage increase for city staff. In April voters will be asked to approve a .2 percent sales tax hike for road projects.