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City Council considering utility rate increase

The Columbia City Council is considering water, sewer, and stormwater rate changes for the upcoming fiscal year. These increases would support an $80 million annual investment in the City’s sewer system, a $40 million annual investment in the water distribution system, and a $93 million investment in the City’s stormwater system over the next five years.

This means customer bills will potentially increase beginning July 1. Over the next several weeks, the City of Columbia Utility Department will hold a series of open house events for customers to come and learn how their monthly bills might be impacted. The drop-ins will have Customer Care representatives on hand to review your account and explain potential impacts to your monthly bill.

The public is invited to attend two drop-ins, from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, at City Hall, 1737 Main Street.

For more information about the drop-in, including links to frequently asked billing, water meter and leaks questions, visit www.columbiasc.net/customer-care/utility-billing

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