City Council OK’s new natural gas rates

Atmos gas bills are going up as a result of ratification of a negotiated rates approved by the Levelland City Council Monday evening.

The rates, negotiated with Atmos on behalf of a group of West Texas cities, will average 4.5 percent  and will result in local residential rates going up an average of $2.02 per month, although some users will pay more and others less under a complicated rate schedule.

The monthly customer charge will remain the same at $15.50 per month but the use charge will change from $0.1016 per Ccf to $0.14241 per Ccf.

Atmos filed the rate case on Dec. 1, 2014. The rate filing sought a system-wide cost of service increase of $11.8 million of which $5 million was attributed to the West Texas cities rate division.

City Manager Rick Osburn advised the council that the alternative to settling the rate case was to allow the Texas Railroad Commission to decide the issue, but it has been ruling in favor of energy service providers recently.

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