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December 30th, 2010
Council to consider resolution against CenterPoint increase

STAFF REPORT

The San Marcos City Council will consider a resolution opposing a proposed rate increase for CenterPoint Energy at the Jan. 4 meeting.

CenterPoint is proposing rate base rate increases of 25 percent for residential customers, 15 percent for commercial customers and 50 percent in the customer charge for natural gas service.

The council resolution would result in the city joining the Alliance of CenterPoint Municipalities in opposition to the rate increase. If the council doesn’t act by Jan. 7 to oppose the increase, then the new rates would be deemed to be approved.

The council also will consider a second reading of an ordinance limiting building heights downtown to four stories or 45 feet, whichever is less. The height restrictions would apply to the area bounded by Pat Garrison Street and University Drive on the north, the San Marcos River on the east, Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Martin Luther King Drive on the south and Comanche Street on the west.

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