ENNIS – City commissioners unanimously approved a negotiated resolution between the Steering Committee of Cities and Oncor during their meeting Monday night.

The resolution reduced the utility delivery service’s $353 million rate increase by close to 60 percent.

In January, Oncor filed an application to increase the rates for its electric delivery service, which was opposed by a coalition of 160 cities.

A steering committee was formed from the cities served by the service provider to review and respond to the utility’s request. An independent analysis was made by experts within the committee and justified $136.7 million for a 60-percent reduction.

Accepting the negotiated agreement, Oncor also agreed to a two-stage incremental rate increase, with the first increase to take effect on billings after July 1. This will give the provider $93.7 million of the negotiated amount. The remainder will be billed after the Jan. 1, 2012, billing date.

City Manager Steve Howerton said the original request would have meant an average household increase of a little over $5.

“The agreed tariff will mean a $2.60 average per household,” he said.

Howerton said the committee agreed this was a fair tariff and the staff recommendation was to approve the rate increase suggested by the steering committee.

Other action before the commissioners unanimously approved the properties listed on the 2011 Historic Landmark Tax Exemption. Howerton told the commission this year’s approved list by the historic commission included 105 properties, mostly in the historical area of the city.

The commission also approved on second reading a request by Jesus Barriga that his lot at 105 E. Linden be rezoned from commercial to residential.

Barriga is purchasing the single-family dwelling and at the same time adding 400 square feet to the existing structure.

Howerton said the rezoning request brings the property into compliance with the residential neighborhood.