You expect higher utility bills in the cold weather, but increases in one part of North Texas have homeowners uniting to fight what they consider skyrocketing electric rate hikes.
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.
Last summer North Texans were asked to make water concessions because of the drought, now at least one city is considering making some watering restrictions permanent.
A former McKinney city employee is behind bars, accused of stealing city cash and covering it up.