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LARGO WATER BILLS WILL INCREASE

City residents should see a small increase in their water bills starting in October. The City Commission unanimously approved, on first reading Tuesday night, the first hike in stormwater utility fees since 2008.

The monthly fee, which pays for use of the city's stormwater system, will increase 87 cents, from $4.45 to $5.32, for owners of single-family homes. Commercial customers will see their bills increase by varying amounts depending on the size of their properties.

Largo contracts with Pinellas County to collect stormwater fees as part of the county's water bills.

The fee hike will raise an additional $562,000 for the city, according to staff estimates. Largo finance director Kim Adams said the new rate structure should be good for the next five years.

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