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Scottsbluff City Council considers utility hike

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People living in Scottsbluff may have to pay a little more on their city utility bill.

Last night, the city council proposed an ordinance calling for a 4.2% increase on fees for water, wastewater, and environmental services.

Councilors noted that the rates are not being raised just for the sake of raising them. But mandates from the federal government are very expensive for these utilities, and council members want to be proactive.

"Again, I think we're doing a really nice job," explained City Manager Rick Kuckkahn. "This council has done a great job of keeping these costs under control. A lot of that is due to the fact that you're willing to invest now in things that we need later. And we've been able to save an awful lot of money doing it that way."

For a minimum utility bill, users would only see an increase of $1.96 per month.

No action was taken on the ordinance because a quorum was not present. The next reading will take place at the November 19th council meeting.

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