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      Flood water cause higher utility bills

      Flood waters in Albany. / Jessica Fairley

      Albany residents can expect a higher water gas and light bill this month.

      A new stormwater fee will be added onto the bill.

      Homeowners living in single family residences will see an increase of $2.50, while the fee for commercial businesses will be calculated based on a formula.

      "It's new requirements from the Clean Water Act that we have to respond to. We're going to have to work on our storm system. We're going to have to do maintenance on our storm system. We have to do inspections on our storm system," said Bruce Maples, Director of Engineering for Albany.

      City officials say they could've raised the millage rate but that would've put a burden on those who pay property taxes.

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