City Budget: 6 percent power hike, 6 new cops, no additional taxes

Posted June 10, 2013 9:31 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News


City of Rock Hill power customers will be paying more for electricity starting in July.

Rock Hill City Council gave its first nod of next year’s budget Monday night that includes a six percent power rate increase.

Most city power customers, though, will pay roughly 2.1 percent, or $6.50,  more per month.

City Manager David Vehaun says this year’s rate increase comes as the city itself is paying 6.7 percent more for wholesale power.

Vehaun says the remaining .7 percent will be offset in deferring non critical maintenance and capital projects.

Also in the city’s $192 million budget: funding for six new police officers, an additional courtroom security officer, a fire inspector and two employees to staff the future BMX track at Riverwalk.

The budget plan calls for no tax increase and if given final approval later this month, goes in effect July 1.