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Burton pleased with utility ordinance

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Ward 2 City Council Member Fred Burton said he was quite pleased with council's vote on an ordinance to reduce utility costs in the city of Lebanon.

Burton was instrumental in pushing forward the ordinance, which authorized a one-time flat money credit to customers.

Burton said the ordinance was passed in February to help folks during the extremely cold winter months in which some water customers were forced to leave water running throughout the night to avoid frozen pipes or use an unusual amount of natural gas to heat their homes.

"Reducing a bill by $10-25 is an extra meal on the table," Burton said.

Authorized by Mayor Philip Craighead and Commissioner of Finance Robert Springer, the one-time flat money credit of $10 was given per sewer account or $25 per gas account. Credits were applied to billing in the month of March.

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