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Las Animas City Council Votes to Increase Utility Rates

(Las Animas, CO) -- Acting on what seemed to be the evitable, Las Animas City Council voted on a rate increase for utilities at Tuesday night's meeting.

In June, an engineering firm that did a rate increase study and presented the following findings:

GMS's Dannah Koeniger that residents could expect to be paying as much as 24% more for water, 20% more for sewer and 28% more for sanitation services. In addition to those costs that residents would absorb, the city would also need to fund up to $50,000 a year for pay for samplings due to new regulatory protocol required for municipalities. Koeniger said they would need to re-evaluate those increases again within the year to see if they would need to increase more or reduce rates.

Also at the meeting, resident Andrew Montoya was approved and appointed to fill a vacant seat on council. Another seat was left vacant as council approved the resignation of council member Kimberlie King, leaving that seat now open. The city approved the purchase of an F150 4x4 SuperCrew. There was a letter stating the incentives for the Cobblestone Hotel to build in the city of Las Animas.

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