Bucking the trend of other North Texas cities, on Wednesday the Dallas City Council agreed to a rate hike with Atmos Energy — the natural gas supplier. It would boost the average residential bill by $2.08 a month, businesses by roughly $6.
Electric bills have long been take-it-or-leave-it affairs: Pay one rate for power, no matter when you used it. Now they are increasingly offering deals that sound like cell phone promotions: Free nights, free weekends and pre-paid plans.
Folks who live in Dallas County will be paying a little more for property taxes next year. The extra funds will help pay for county community colleges.
Farmers Insurance has filed for a 3.9 percent rate increase in Texas. The filing, with the Texas Department of Insurance, will affect about half the company’s customers in Texas.
The Dallas City Council approves a property tax hike of 6.5%.