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Council to visit electric rates again

Increase of 6 to 7 percent for energy rates proposed

December 10, 2012
Anne Blankenship ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Another increase in Webster City's electric rates is on the agenda for tonight's meeting of the City Council.The City Council is meeting a week later than usual and Monday's meeting will be the only session for the month.

In November, the council finalized a plan to increase the base electric rate for all customers by 20 percent. That represented a $3.80 increase for residential customers. At the time it passed, City Manager Ed Sadler told the council that the matter would likely have to be revisited when the city received its notice of rate increases from Corn Belt Power. Sadler told the council in a memo that the increase in charges would likely be about 6 to 7 percent, probably closer to 7 percent since Webster City utilizes a higher than average amount of demand.

"The intent of the current rate structure is that each rate class will pay it's proportionate share of the operating costs and that the base rates for each rate class recover 80 to 100 percent of those operating costs," Sadler said in the memo. "The energy rates are then to be passed along directly to the extent possible with the rates to be equitable between rate classes."

Sadler recommended the council increase the energy rates by 6 to 7 percent, keeping the base rate the same.

The City Council will also consider a request from Police Chief Brian Hughes for two L-3 communications in-car video. Council members will look at approving the third reading of amendments to ordinances pertaining to zoning.

The council is also expected to go into closed session for two matters, one to discuss strategy with counsel in matters that are presently in litigation or where litigation is imminent. The other matter concerns the purchase of real estate.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.



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