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Oct 5, 2009 9:27 AM by sleonard

LUS expected to increase utility rates

LAFAYTTE, La. (AP) - A rate increase has been proposed for the Lafayette Utilities System but so far, city-parish council members
aren't on board with the idea.
Lafayette Utilities System Director Terry Huval said he expected the proposed increase to meet some resistance from some council members. But, he says, failure to raise rates will have short- and long-term consequences.
For instance, Huval said, contracts for tree-trimming would almost certainly be cut, which could potentially mean more frequent
power outages as limbs interfere with electrical lines.
The rate proposal has the support of City-Parish President Joey Durel, but so far, has failed to click with the majority of council
members.
---Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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