Council approves rise in utility rates

Tuesday, September 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:49 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Changing the temperature on your thermostat and running the water while you brush your teeth will cost a bit more next month.

The Columbia City Council on Monday unanimously approved its $277 million budget for fiscal 2005, including rate increases for electric, water and sewer service.

City Manager Ray Beck has estimated that Columbia utility customers will see an average increase of $5.90 on their monthly bills. The rate changes will take effect Oct. 1.

Some of the extra money will be used to compensate for utility-related debts and operational costs.

Budget changes also include adjustments in group insurance premiums for city employees and increased adult sports leagues and fees for golf.

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