In a night marked by some testy exchanges, San Marcos City Council on Tuesday gave first nod to water, wastewater and drainage utility rate increases of about $3 per month on the average residential customer.

The rate increases would take effect Oct. 1. The council is scheduled to hold a final vote on the increases at a Sept. 20 meeting. The proposed increases met a smattering of opposition marshaled by resident Lisa Spencer; four residents, including Spencer, spoke at Tuesday’s public hearing against the hikes.

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