By Austin Business Journal

The city of Austin will begin allocating about a $1 million annually to eight outlying communities served by Austin Energy, officials decided Thursday.

Austin City Council members approved signing franchise fee agreements with Bee Caves, Cedar Park, Pflugerville, Rollingwood, Sunset Valley, The Hills, Lakeway and West Lake Hills. The deal allocates about 3 percent of Austin Energy gross revenues from those areas for at least 10 years.

The money is provided in exchange for allowing the energy company right-of-way for power lines and other electrical equipment.

Austin Energy grossed about $34 million from electricity sales in the suburbs last year. It serves about 53,000 homes and 6,400 businesses in the eight communities and in unincorporated areas of Travis County.

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