Albany utility bills likely to grow

Albany utility bills likely to grow

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - About noon Tuesday, the Albany Utilities Commission Board passed a proposal to raise utility rates in all areas, except for storm water.

According to Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan, the 2.1% consumer price index (CPI) rate increase is due to rising costs in both services and supplies.

"Everything from the tires on the linemens' trucks to batteries to parts to equipment that we have to buy to operate the utility," Subadan told WALB News 10.

In addition to the 2.1% increase, Subadan said there would be two additional increases to two of the utilities, sewer and electric.

Subadan said that the January storms showed ways that Albany Utilities can improve.

With part of the additional funds, Albany Utilities plans to hire more linemen.

The monthly increase for the average customer who uses all services would be $7.68.

The motion now moves to the Albany Board of Commissioners. If approved by commissioners, the new rates will take effect on July 1, 2017.

We have a reporter working on the numbers and will have more on the increased rates tonight on WALB News 10 starting at 5pm.

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