Utility rates will go up in Kinston.
Monday night, Kinston City Council voted to raise water rates 20%, waste water rates 16% and electric rates 1%.
The increases are effective as of today.
Mayor BJ Murphy says council made the decision due to recommendations from consultants. Murphy says cash reserves for bonds have to be at a certain level and currently those levels aren't up to standard.
The Kinston City Council is scheduled to look at a consultant's recommendations for a utility rate study and three ordinances that would increase the utility rates for Kinstonians on Monday.
This may sound familiar. Kinston officials increased electric rates for their residents in both August and December of 2008. Officials said then, both increases were necessary because of increased rates from where they buy their wholesale electricity.
Also on the agenda Monday is the consideration of an ordinance to create a new business category that would address internet sweepstakes cafes. The ordinance would give the city the ability to charge fees to the sweepstakes parlors.
The Kinston City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Kinston's City Hall.