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Councilman Citro, left, was given a proclamation by Mayor Jack Pahlmann during Monday’s council meeting. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – Electricity rates for city and rural residents of West Plains will be increasing by roughly 4%, this after the approval of the increase by the West Plains City Council during their meeting on Monday evening.

Bill 4291 was approved unanimously by the council.

The increase was approved in anticipation of the increased cost of electricity in the near future. City Finance Director Dixie Williams says that the increase will still keep the cost for electricity lower than other cities in the region.

West Plains last updated their electricity rates November 2010.

In other matters, the council approved the rezoning of three parcels of property west of Bill Virdon Boulevard and north of Butler Avenue, as well as the city and utility budgets for the next fiscal year, which starts April 1.

Also at the meeting, councilman Lou Citro was given a proclamation by Mayor Jack Pahlmann for his 16 years of service on the West Plains City Council and years on various boards in the city. Citro told the council and those in attendance that he had served the city of West Plains roughly half of his life, and despite leaving his council position, he believes he will continue to serve the city.

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