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Council to mull rate increase

October 21, 2013

Big Spring City Council members will consider a proposed rate increase by Atmos Energy when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers 307 E. Fourth.

Atmos officials have proposed increasing the natural gas company's rates by 18.41 percent for residential customers and 4.24 percent for commercial entities in the company's West Texas division, which includes Big Spring, Midland, Odessa, Lubbock, Amarillo and several other municipalities. If approved, this will increase the company's revenue by more than $12 million annually.

Also Tuesday, city officials will ask the council to once again consider an increase in garbage collection fees.

The council rejected a rate increase earlier this year by a 4-3 vote.

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