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Columbus City leaders look to reevaluate city utility increases

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Some Columbus,KS residents are seeing up to a 61% increase on their water and sewer bills. 

At Monday night's city council meeting members approved to decrease the rate on water for customers out of town, by a little more than $5. 

City officials say the increase is due to sewer improvements, EPA mandates, and the cost of water that comes from a new district.

Residents were notified back in August rates would increase.

 "Everybody is going to pay more for water either now or in the future so were trying to catch up with our rates that have been probably low for many years," said Columbus Mayor Grant Spieth.
 
"Well all I can tell them [residents] is the council voted to this we have to operate the city financial sound," said Columbus Superintendent Jim Burton. 

The council will hold a work session February 19th  to continue discussing water rates. 

 

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