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On the same day this week Columbia city council approved its 2023 budget and double-digit rate increases for the city’s municipal water customers, a former city Water & Light assistant director appeared before council members, urging they amend the budget or soon face even larger rate increases for electric customers.

Jim Windsor retired four years ago as assistant director after 36 years with the utility and is a resident of the fourth ward. At a public hearing on the 2023 budget, Windsor urged council to remove the electric utility’s proposed capital expenditures from the budget until current bond financing is exhausted and a new plan for future financing in place. The electric utility has about $15 million remaining unspent from bonds sold in 2015 and remains authorized by voters to sell $29 million more that was intended for a new transmission line and substation delayed since 2016.

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Jim Windsor

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