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PA to pay more for utility study

May 9th, 2013 - 6:01am

(Port Angeles) -- The city of Port Angeles will spend 60-thousand dollars more for a utility study.

The city council this week agreed to pay the additional money to a Seattle-area consultant for the project.

FCS Group is studying how much it costs for the city to run its utilities.

The increased fee is nearly 60 percent more than the city had budgeted this year. The council voted 5-1 in favor of the additional funding. Mayor Cherie Kidd voted no.

City deputy power systems director Phil Lusk says the additional money is needed after staff used figures from an old study and the cost for a similar study has increased substantially.

Lusk says the study will help the city ensure its utility rates are equitable.

He says the cost difference will be funded in part from the money saved from an unfilled utility staff position and some other money that was to be used for other utility contracted services and not from rate increases.

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