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Council Raises Water And Sewer Rates, Accepts Federal DNA Grant

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Columbus City Council last night accepted a 238 thousand dollar federal grant to help reduce a backlog of DNA tests in the municipal crime lab. Interim Columbus Safety Director George Speaks:

Council also approved a 2.9 percent water and sewer rate increase for next year. The city says the average quarterly bill for a household of four will increase by 28 dollars a year inside of the city, and by 32 dollars a year for a household of four in the suburbs. Columbus property owners also will see a 1 percent increase in storm-water-runoff fees. The annual increases fund system upgrades mandated by two consent decrees the city signed with the Ohio EPA to settle lawsuits about overflows into area homes and waterways.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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