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Apr 4, 2012 9:55 AM by AP

Alexandria council votes to increase utility rates

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Alexandria City Council has voted to increase utilities rates to help pay for future infrastructure improvements.

The Town Talk reports those two items were among the big-ticket changes in the 2012-13 budget approved by the council Tuesday by a 6-1 vote. District 1 Councilman Ed Larvadain III cast the dissenting vote.

The budget's general fund is at $56.7 million, up more than $4 million from this fiscal year, which ends April 30. The utility fund is more than $94 million and will feature roughly $2 million extra in 2012-13 due to rate increases for the water, sewer and wastewater systems.

Much of the budget discussion on Tuesday centered around the rate increases, which were the reason cited by Larvadain for his vote against the budget.

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