Corpus Christi starts street maintenance fee on utility bills

Published on Monday, 6 January 2014 09:12 - Written by

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Corpus Christi residents are finding utility bills this month are higher thanks to the debut of a street maintenance fee.

City officials have tried to minimize the surprise by including — but not charging — the fee on bills sent over the past three months.

But bills that went out last week are showing residents of single-family homes now will be paying just over $5 per month more. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports commercial accounts and other nonresidential properties will have higher charges based on square footage and customer traffic. Apartment owners are being assessed $2.42 per unit.

The city ordinance authorizing the new fee says non-payment could result in utility shutoffs.

It's estimated the fee will raise about $11.4 million each year. It's to pay for street upkeep.

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