Council passes first reading for new electric fee

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STEVE SMITH SSMITH@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

The Lebanon City Council spent a big chunk of Monday night’s meeting debating electric rates before approving the first reading of an ordinance that will change the amount customers pay.
Councilman Jim White cast the only “no” vote. The ordinance must pass on a second reading to take effect.
Public Works Director Richard Shockley said the process of changing the rates began in June 2015 after previous rate adjustments were made and the council asked for a consultant to be hired to perform a cost of service study. The consultant reported back to council last year and again at a work session May 3.
“This ordinance takes care of some recommendations in the cost of service study. It removes the winter rates from our electric schedule,” he said.
The ordinance would also implement a new service availability fee.

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