When suburban customers appealed the Austin Energy rate increase that went into effect earlier this year, the city amassed nearly $1.6 million in legal and consulting fees — and now the city is trying to get that money back from the suburbs.
Starting in November, the 50,000 Austin Energy customers outside the city will see a new surcharge on their bills that will come out to about $1 a month on average. The City Council decided on the new charge Tuesday as part of the 2013-14 budget, angering those customers who will pay more.
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