Utilities rate hikes on tap for 2008

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Average monthly residential utility bills
based on second quarter 2007 data
Loveland $112.76
Colorado Springs $116.00
Pueblo $129.61
Gunnison $135.29
Glenwood Springs $151.64
Grand Junction $155.98
Denver $157.18
Greeley $163.10

Colorado Springs Utilities is proposing rate increases for wastewater disposal and natural gas use during 2008.

No change is proposed for electricity and water rates.

If City Council approves the hikes, residents can expect to see monthly bills increase by an estimated total of $4.90.

Small businesses can expect a $22.47, or 1.5 percent, monthly increase. Large businesses can expect an increase of $246.33 or 0.6 percent.

Utilities officials are requesting a City Council public hearing about the increases on Nov. 14.

Utilities spokesman Dave Grossman said the dollar amount estimates for monthly bills is only a best guess based on a median monthly usages levels.

He also said the proposed increases are less than increases during recent years and that Springs Utilities rates are still generally lower than national averages.

Colorado Springs’ combined electric and natural gas bills are second lowest in Colorado and seventh lowest in the U.S.