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Over the next four years, Unalaskans will see their monthly utility bills grow by $18.86 on average. For island businesses, it’ll be an $837.52 jump.

The City Council unanimously approved the rate hikes at a lightning-fast meeting Tuesday night.

The cost of wastewater utilities will increase by 15 percent over four years, while the cost of solid waste grows by 13.5 percent over three years.

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The Unalaska City Council is slowly moving closer to decisions on utility          rat​e hikes and commercial pot regulation. 

At a long meeting Tuesday night, councilors dove deeply into both issues, especially how to pay for upgrades to the treatment facilities for water, wastewater, and solid waste.

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After federal mandates forced the city to spend more than $50 million on utilities infrastructure, the Unalaska City Council is debating how much to raise local rates — and how fast.

The goal is to re​cover the money spent and borrowed to upgrade the city's treatment facilities for water, wastewater, and solid waste. 

At a meeting Tuesday night, city councilors considered several o​ptions, including hiking utility rates, raising the local sales tax, and poaching money from the general fund.