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Melanie Kirgiss addresses the Willmar Municpal Utilities Commission on Monday during a public hearing. She said the electricity rate increases approved by the commission were detrimental to many people. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Willmar Municipal Utilities' proposed electric hike goes to council


WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has approved a two-step electric rate increase of 7 percent in July for the remainder of 2011 and a 7 percent increase effective Jan. 1, 2012. The increases now go to the City Council for a public hearing and final action.

The commissioners approved the increases after taking comments during a public hearing from three individuals who expressed concerns about the increases and asked what the utility is doing to control costs.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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