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City Council takes first step in hiking utility bills

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St. Pete City Council approved on first reading an increase in utility fees. The city’s utility department is asking for a $2.85 overall increase spread across potable water, wastewater and reclaimed water fees. That would be a 2.71 percent hike from fees in fiscal year 2015. Two council members, Darden Rice and Will Newton, voted against the increase. And their no votes could gain traction between now and the second reading. Rice called in to question whether the department deserved more money,…

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