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PAGE -- Customers of Page Utility Enterprises could see a 3.2 percent reduction in their electric bills when the next fiscal year begins in July.

Vice Mayor John Kocjan told Page City Council Wednesday night that the plan was set in motion when the utility met its goals for capital improvements. Any change in rates would require a rate hearing, said Kocjan, who was presiding in the absence of vacationing Mayor Bill Diak.

A plan to consider changes in the base commercial rate for sewer services was tabled. Kocjan said he did not want to address the issue with Diak and councilmember Dennis “Dugan” Warner absent. Kocjan did not specify a potential sewer rate hike but said it could be done in two phases, over a two-year span.

The city’s water and sewer rates were studied by GDS Associates, Inc., Engineers & Consultants, and recommendations given to council and the PUE board last Sept. 30.

A rate hearing also would be required for changes in the sewer rate, Kocjan said. Page area residents pay for their electric, sewer, water and garbage on one bill.

In other action, council voted to retain Hinton Burdick PLLC for auditing services for fiscal year 2016-17. The St. George, Utah firm has conducted Page’s last four annual audits and would charge a base fee of $42,825, said City Manager Crystal Dyches.

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