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Budget and rates split votes in Coulee Dam


Although they passed a $9.6 million budget unanimously, the mayor had to break two ties to get to that point at a Coulee Dam council meeting Monday night.

The sticking points were around changes to rates for utilities that Councilmember Keith St. Jeor said he didn’t recall coming up in budget workshops.

It wasn’t about a lot of money — up to $200 in total, the mayor said, for a handful of people eligible to receive lower rates due to low income.

But because rates hadn’t been raised or lowered evenly for all, across the board, St. Jeor didn’t feel right about the rate changes that...

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