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Ashland delays decision on utility rate hike

The Ashland City Council delayed a decision on whether to increase utility bills after running out of time to consider the issue during a Tuesday meeting.

The council will consider the increases during its next regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

Councilors will consider 10 percent increases in water and sewer rates, a 3.6 percent electricity rate increase and 2.6 percent increases in storm drain and transportation utility fees.

Together with an uptick in the electric users' tax, the rate increases would cause the average resident's monthly utility bills to rise from $157.14 to $167.35, an increase of $10.21, according to city staff estimates.

Increases would go into effect on July 1.

— Vickie Aldous