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Updated: 12/12/2013 08:00:01AM

County should tread lightly on utility hikes

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For residents already grappling with the DeSoto Board of County Commission’s recent approval of a 21 percent millage hike, the news from the board’s Nov. 26 utility workshop isn’t going to spread any holiday cheer. During the meeting, Utilities Department Director Eddie Miller recommended the county raise rates for nearly all of its water services in 2014. There are more than a dozen increases being considered, ranging from a late-fee hike to leak detection and meter re-read increases.

Miller told the board that with the county’s increasing customer base and the anticipated growth from the U.S. 17 widening project, the fee increases would place DeSoto’s rates more in line with neighboring counties and offset the cost his staff accrues maintaining areas like the recently acquired Lake Suzy development.

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