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Coulee Dam rates heading up

Residents and electric ratepayers in Coulee Dam can expect an increase in rates next year, town councilmembers indicated during discussion at a budget workshop Monday.

Citing the need to replace large transformers and other electric system needs, councilmembers were leaning toward an increase greater than 20 percent, boosting the charge per kilowatt hour to 6 cents, plus increasing a base charge from $6 a month to $13.

Charges for sewer service, currently at $56 a month, will likely go to about $67, a jump planned to pay for the new wastewater treatment plant, b...

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