Rock Hill utility rates to climb in July

Courtesy of City of Rock Hill

The Rock Hill City Council gave final approval to the city’s 2015-16 budget on Monday, including hikes in city utility rates. Starting July 1, electric rates will rise by 5 percent, and water and sewer rates by 1 percent each.

The average residential utility customer would see his monthly bill rise by $6.80 beginning in July. The general electric rate for customers, as set by city ordinance, will rise by 47 cents, from $9.35 to $9.82, and the per-kilowatt-hour energy charge will rise by 0.6 cents.

The average residential water customer will see her bill rise by 22 cents a month next year, while the average monthly wastewater bill will go up by 44 cents.

The city also is raising the cost of certain business licenses. The cap on manufacturing licenses will rise to $3,000 from the current $1,600, while the cap on auto dealers licenses will rise to $10,000 from the current $7,500. The increase in license fees is expected to generate an additional $60,000 a year.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062