Cape Girardeau city council votes to increase utility rate - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Cape Girardeau city council votes to increase utility rate

(Source: KFVS) (Source: KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Cape Girardeau City Council voted to increase the utility rate in Monday night's meeting, June 19.

According to Nicolette Brennan, Cape Girardeau city public information manager, a higher utility rate is part of the annual budget.

Brennan said in the meeting the Council approved a 2 percent increase for Cape Girardeau water, sewer and trash bills. 

Every year, the cost to provide water, sewer and trash services changes and the city adjusts rates for its customers.

Brennan said the average utility bill will increase $1.56 on July 1 as a result of the increase in water, sewer and trash charges.

According to the City of Cape Girardeau, over the past six years, the average annual increase of 1.24 percent has been lower than the average annual inflation during that period, which was 1.47 percent.

Other new services and policies effective July 1 include:

  • Bills changed from a postcard to a full-sized bill mailed in an envelope
  • Deposit fee for new, transferred or reconnected (due to nonpayment) utility services will increase to $155 to cover the cost of two months of service. Current customers in good standing will not be affected.
  • Two pay agreements will be allowed every 12-month period
  • Following two returned checks on an account, checks will no longer be accepted.
  • Fees for service disconnection and reconnection due to nonpayment have increased from $15 to $15.75 each (a 5 percent increase).

The Council also voted to establish a special assistance fund to match pledges from nonprofit organizations who might help customers pay their utility deposit, which is increasing to $155. The increase will cover the cost of two months of service.  

You can click here for information on the city council agenda and here for more on the rate increase.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2017 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Early morning Honor Flight from Marion, IL to Washington D.C. takes off

    Early morning Honor Flight from Marion, IL to Washington D.C. takes off

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 7:31 AM EDT2018-04-24 11:31:26 GMT
    Veterans make their way to Washington D.C. (Source: Rob Foote, KFVS)Veterans make their way to Washington D.C. (Source: Rob Foote, KFVS)

    The 55 veterans are from the area around Marion, Illinois. This trip comes at no cost to the veterans. It is paid for by donations from corporate sponsors and private donors.

    The 55 veterans are from the area around Marion, Illinois. This trip comes at no cost to the veterans. It is paid for by donations from corporate sponsors and private donors.

  • Deadline near to submit Illinois bicentennial coin design

    Deadline near to submit Illinois bicentennial coin design

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:58 AM EDT2018-04-24 10:58:37 GMT
    (Source: Stock image/Pixabay)(Source: Stock image/Pixabay)

    Illinois residents still have few more days to take a shot at designing a souvenir coin to mark the state's 200th birthday.

    Illinois residents still have few more days to take a shot at designing a souvenir coin to mark the state's 200th birthday.

  • What you need to know April 24

    What you need to know April 24

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:20 AM EDT2018-04-24 09:20:41 GMT
    Another rainy day in the Heartland (Source: Pixabay)Another rainy day in the Heartland (Source: Pixabay)
    Another rainy day in the Heartland (Source: Pixabay)Another rainy day in the Heartland (Source: Pixabay)

    Good morning, it is Tuesday, April 24. First Alert Forecast We’ll have a dreary morning. 

    Good morning, it is Tuesday, April 24. First Alert Forecast We’ll have a dreary morning. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Woman says deputies lied to get a warrant, then sexually assaulted her

    Monday, April 23 2018 10:50 PM EDT2018-04-24 02:50:48 GMT

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

    A Catawba County woman says she has been the victim of harassment from the county’s sheriff’s office, who, records show, have executed multiple search warrants at her home in less than a year.  

  • For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 5:46 AM EDT2018-04-24 09:46:09 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:20 AM EDT2018-04-24 12:20:58 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square. For the first time, Facebook is making public, on Tuesday, April 24, its detailed gu...

    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.

    For the first time, Facebook spells out how it decides whether to delete your posts.

  • Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Texas man sentenced to 50 years for $1.2M theft of fajitas

    Monday, April 23 2018 2:18 PM EDT2018-04-23 18:18:31 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 7:39 AM EDT2018-04-24 11:39:08 GMT

    A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

    A Texas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.

Powered by Frankly