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By Ron Nissimov, Houston Chronicle Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Feb. 4--In response to taxi company concerns about rising gasoline prices and falling business, Houston officials are proposing increasing taxicab rates for the first time since 2001.
Officials of the city's Finance and Administration Department said during a meeting of City Council's Regulatory Affairs Committee this week that rates for non-airport trips should be increased by as much as 8 percent. The officials proposed increasing rates for airport trips, which are set according to geographical zones, by as much as 16 percent.
The officials said that because Houston …