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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
<p style="text-align: center;">My bill was kind enough to warn me
that it may be gaining a few dollars worth of weight.</p>

My bill was kind enough to warn me that it may be gaining a few dollars worth of weight.

The other day, the adult world caught up to me — I got my first utilities bill.

Once my roommate pulled out the bill and stuck it on the fridge, I could see the words "Gainesville City Commission" through the clear address slot.

I'm sure many of you have this letter sitting in your junk pile at home, so allow me to summarize it for you.

Water and wastewater rates are going up. Electricity and gas rates are going down.

This evens out to about $2.24 more for customers who purchase gas. For those who don't, it'll be about $3.06 more. It should take effect Oct. 1.

All of this happened over the summer, so I know I missed the memo.

Why the increase?

Well, Gainesville Regional Utility's website explains the organization needs to raise rates because of the slow economy, which has cost it customers and led its current customers to not use as much water as before.

My bill was kind enough to warn me that it may be gaining a few dollars worth of weight.

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