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Electric rates to rise in Coulee Dam

Coulee Dam residents can count on paying a little more for electric power next year, following a discussion at the city council last Wednesday.

Council members agreed to plan on writing in a 5-percent increase to electric rates to cover a 5-percent increase in wholesale electric costs from the Bonneville Power Administration, a 1.6-percent increase for city employees, and other rising expenses.

Stefani Bowden, the city clerk, said overall expenses would rise by $40,000 next year and the 5 percent would just cover it.

In the midst of its budgeting season,...

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