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Concern should be deepening over the city’s capability of managing its municipal utilities and that the jacked-up process it just went through for setting new water rates isn’t a prelude to the electric rate increases it moves on to later this year.

Part of the city’s FY2023 budget that was approved Monday night are double-digit increases to the city’s municipal water rates that take effect Oct. 1. What started this spring as a simple process to add additional rate revenue to shore up the water utility’s finances degenerated into a case study of just how dysfunctional and ineffective the Columbia city council can be.

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Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy is publisher of COMO BUZ and a regular contributor. He can be reached at m.murphy@buzcomm.com

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