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Final Budget Approved After Council Votes to Increase Water Rates

The city completed its budget process Monday night, and Columbia residents can expect to see a slight increase on their utility bills next year. The Columbia City Council voted 7-0 to approve the fiscal 2018 budget, approving a 4 percent increase in water utility rates and rejecting a 1 percent increase for the electric utility. Around 85 residents showed up to listen to the discussion and weigh in on the budget before it was passed by council after a three-hour discussion and several...

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Final Budget Approved After Council Votes to Increase Water Rates

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Meiying Wu / KBIA

The city completed its budget process Monday night, and Columbia residents can expect to see a slight increase on their utility bills next year.

The Columbia City Council voted 7-0 to approve the fiscal 2018 budget, approving a 4 percent increase in water utility rates and rejecting a 1 percent increase for the electric utility.

  Around 85 residents showed up to listen to the discussion and weigh in on the budget before it was passed by council after a three-hour discussion and several amendments.

Protesters gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis to show solidarity with those who remain behind bars, but there was no repeat of the vandalism that occurred over the weekend.

More demonstrations are expected Tuesday, four days after a judge found ex-officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 shooting death of 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith. Organizers did not give any details about Tuesday's protests.

Smith's mother, Anne Smith, was among those outside the jail on Monday.

City Hires Two Consultants to Evaluate Electric System

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A plan seven years in the works to improve the city's electric system took yet another turn Monday night.

  City Council Monday night unanimously voted to approve two studies that will evaluate the city's electrical distribution system. City officials cited rising growth and demand in the south side of town as major reasons for the studies.

Columbia Kids Will Get Free Flu Shots

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Columbia’s Department of Public Health and Human Services will offer free flu shots this year for children ages six months to 18 years, Monday to Friday at 1005 W. Worley St. without an appointment.

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The Columbia City Council is planning to vote on the budget for fiscal year 2018 on Monday night. Council Member Michael Trapp says monthly utility rates will increase by approximately $3.87, and that almost all  utility rates increase each year.

“I think we keep our rates as low as we can. A goal of the city is to keep rate increases for all of the utilities less than $5 a month,” said Trapp.

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