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Published on Friday, February 2, 2018

Bill would set disclosure requirements for utility bills

SB 6587 would require cities to disclose on utility bills an “itemized listing of all rates and charges, including the amount of state and local taxes collected and paid by the city or town, and whether taxes are collected on behalf of other political subdivisions.”

The bill was the subject of a public hearing in the Senate Local Government Committee on February 1 and then passed out of committee on the same day.

We believe that many cities are already complying with this requirement. For others it would require adjustments to the utility billing system which can have significant cost, especially for smaller utilities.