Charleston council votes to increase franchise fee to meet 2010 budget

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council approved a franchise fee for all residents to pay on their electric bill to help the city meet its 2010 budget.

The vote happened just before midnight Tuesday. Not all the Council Members were happy with the vote. Councilman William Gregory says the hike will hit lower income families especially hard and says the city could have found some other way to make up for the shortfall.

On a monthly bill of $150, residents will pay about an extra $3. This new fee will not have to be paid by residents until January 2011.

The Council also voted on the amount of furlough days city employees should expect in 2010. For most city employees they will be required to take five unpaid days off. Some employees will have to take as many as seven unpaid days off and Mayor Riley will take nine unpaid days off.

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