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(KTVI) - Hazelwood residents could soon be asked to vote on paying a utility tax.  the tax would mean typical  Hazelwood resident would pay close to $120 more per year.

City manager Matt Zimmerman says right now Hazelwood is the only St. Louis County municipality that does not impose a residential utility tax.  He says revenues aren't keeping up with expenses and the city needs a new operating revenue source.

The proposed tax would increase by $10 a month, the amount that the typical Hazelwood resident would pay for natural gas, electric, water and telephone service.

Cable TV bills would be impacted.  Wednesday night, Hazelwood city council members unanimously approved giving a first reading to a bill that would put the proposed tax on the August 5th primary ballot.

The council could take final action on putting the measure before voters at its May 7th meeting.

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