Gas rate increase proposed for Richardson residents, businesses

Richardson residents and businesses could see a gas rate increase beginning Oct. 1.

The change is the result of a rate review process overseen by the Atmos Cities Steering Committee, of which the city of Richardson is a founding member.

Each year, Atmos Energy files a rate request with the committee. Over the course of several months, the committee reviews and negotiates the proposed rate before returning a final recommendation.

Atmos originally proposed a systemwide increase of $54 million in base rates, according to a presentation made Sept. 16 by Cara Copley, the assistant director of finance for the city of Richardson. Following negotiations, an increase of $35.4 million was recommended by the steering committee, Copley said.

If approved by council, the change would raise the minimum residential base rate from $18.85 to $19.55, while the commercial base rate would increase from $43.50 to $46.50. This does not include the usage cost, which is determined on an individual basis.

Council will vote on the settlement agreement at its Sept. 23 meeting.
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By Olivia Lueckemeyer

Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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