City gas rates to tick up

Iolans will need to pay about $2.50 more each month for gas services to help replenish a dwindling gas utility fund. City council members were reluctant to approve the additional fee, but called it necessary.

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May 10, 2022 - 2:49 PM

Iolans likely will be asked to pay a shade more each month in gas meter and usage fees to help replenish a dwindling gas utility fund.

City Council members gave their reluctant endorsement to a recommendation for what would amount to a $2.50 increase in monthly meter fees for residential customers (from $10.50 to $13, plus an additional 75 cents per unit of gas for the first 1,000 units, or cubic square feet. The cost would drop to $5 for every unit after that. The current rate plan costs customers $4 for every unit above 1,000 mcf. 

For perspective’s sake, City Administrator Matt Rehder said his last month’s utility bill reported 1,300 units of gas burned. 

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