Lafayette Utility Systems customers will see a price hike in their utility bills, but the increases will come in steps.

The Lafayette Consolidated Council voted at its meeting Tuesday to approve the LUS price bumps.

LCG Council Chariman Jay Castille spoke with KPEL's Bernadette Lee this morning about what LUS customers can expect in the coming years.

Castille said the increases seen on utility bills will be instituted within the next three years, with annual increases ending after the third year.

The money will be used for LUS Director Terry Huval to complete improvement projects within the LUS infrastructure, Castille said.

LUS provides electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications services to more than 63,000 customers.

In other news, last night the council voted down the option to institute a 1.71 mils tax to fund the Lafayette Regional Airport.

Castille said the tax would have aided in funding the expansion project currently underway at the airport.