- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Members of Seattle’s city council have asked officials at City Light and Public Utilities to be more transparent, saying they were surprised by news last week that a new billing system for utilities customers will begin a year late and cost $34 million more than expected.

The Seattle Times reports (https://goo.gl/1VA2dV ) several councilmembers on Monday said officials should have done more to make the council better aware of cost overruns.

The project was approved in 2012 and was set to cost $66 million and launch last October. In November, the council approved a new budget of $85 million and a start date in April, but the launch is being delayed until the fall with an expected price tag of at least $100 million because of extra testing.

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