Tuesday Headlines: Electricity Rate Hike for Dominion Customers

Beginning in May, Dominion Energy South Carolina customers will start paying higher rates to reimburse the company for the higher cost it paid for the fuel. Residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will see their monthly bill increase by 5.19%, or about $6.53 more each month during the May 1 billing cycle. After: The state, WCBD

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CCSD sees a $2,000 salary increase for teachers in the draft budget. The Charleston County School Board reviewed its draft budget for 2023 which includes a $2,000 salary increase for all teachers and a minimum hourly wage increase from $12 to $17 per hour for hourly staff. The proposal would require a tax increase to make the pay rise possible.

Charleston to vote on tourism dollars used for the pedestrian bridge. Charleston city leaders are due to meet Tuesday night to vote on a plan to use just over $1 million in tourism revenue to help build the Ashley River Pedestrian Bridge. City officials estimate the total cost of financing to complete the pedestrian bridge will be $41.2 million.

Three SC metros ranked among the best in the country for job growth. The Charleston, Spartanburg and Greenville-Anderson metro areas were ranked among the top 100 in the nation for manufacturing growth between 2010 and 2020 by the Construction Coverage research group. Charleston, home of Boeing, ranked No. 63, Spartanburg, home of BMW Manufacturing, ranked No. 11, and Greenville-Anderson ranked No. 64. South Carolina was ranked No. 5 overall in 50 states.

Charleston Port Agency nearly clears backlog. The SC State Ports Authority (SPA) reported that the backlog of ships anchored at the Port of Charleston has nearly disappeared. The SPA had taken several steps over the past two months to clear up unprecedented cargo congestion at port terminals, leaving two ships anchored on May 9.

Parking violators face a “barnacle” instead of a boot. Charleston parking officials are testing a new technology called a “barnacle” as an alternative penalty for excessive unpaid fines starting May 9. Barnacles are large yellow claws sucked onto a windshield, obstructing the driver’s view and are monitored by GPS.

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