Utility bills set to rise in 2014

Homeowners will pay up to $55 more to the city for utilities next year.

City council has approved utility fees that hike charges as much as $55 for townhouses with city garbage service to $24 for apartments connected to a water meter.

Owners of single-family homes will pay $43 more, bringing the annual bill to $1,016 for houses on a water meter and $1,379 for houses with flat rate water billing.

Council votes 8-0 for the new charges Nov. 25. The new fees are on top of hikes approved last year that were as high as $76.

Utility bills cover water, sewer, garbage and recycling services, including the city's expanding organic waste, or Green Cart, collection service. Flat rate utility bills are due March 31, 2014. First quarter metered water utility bills are due in early June.


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