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City approves higher utility rate charges

A slight increase in utility rates was approved Monday by the Levelland City Council.

City Manager Rick Osburn said the action would boost water and wastewater rates by about $1.37 a month for the residential customer who uses 5,000 gallons of water.

The increase is about 3 percent.

Osburn said the city did not increase water rates last fall and wastewater rates have not been adjusted since 2010.

He said the city can hold off raising garbage rates until after a new landfill southeast of Levelland opens.

Mayor Waymon Jackson said he opposed the increase in rates.

‘People have a hard time paying  bills,’ Jackson said. ‘I just can’t…’

Councilman Billy Youngblood said the council had discussed raising rates during budget talks this past summer.

Osburn said the city might have to raise rates even higher next year.

‘To me it makes more sense to keep up as you go along,’ he said.

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