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City council gets utilites report, holds first hearing on rate hikes

October 17th, 2013 - 5:34am

(Port Angeles) The Port Angeles City Council hired an out-of-town study group to tell them something they probably already knew...utility rate hikes are coming to town.

At Tuesday night's city council meeting, the FCS group spoke at length on the city's utilities. The group conducted a cost of services analysis for all of the city's utilities. City manager Dan McKeen says they recommend raising most of the rates.

Under the plan, some residents could see their utility bills go up 17-dollars a month.

Depending on how often residents have their garbage picked up, the average total utility bill will go up six to six and half percent.

If approved, the new rates would take effect the first of next year.

This week's report was part of a public hearing, which will be continued to November 5th, at which time the City Council will consider adopting the new utility rates.

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