City of Jackson puts electricity rate hikes on the agenda

City of Jackson

Jackson, MI., USA — (METERING.COM) — August 21, 2006 – Last week Jackson’s city administration reviewed rate revision plans which propose three rate increases, an increased meter reading fee and the elimination of a 10 percent discount for residents who pay their bill early.

The proposal follows a recent electric rate study conduced by Burns and McDonnell of Kansas City. The consultants recommended that city authorities increase electricity rates by 11.5 percent over a six-month period, with the first increase appearing on the October 1st electric bill. Incremental increases will be included in January and March bills respectively, and will occur across the board.

On top of this Burns and McDonnell recommended that the city eliminate the 10 percent savings it offers customers for paying their bill by the 10th of each month, as well as an increase in the US$5 meter reading fee to US$7.50 per month. Currently it is estimated that 75 percent of Jackson’s residents use the early pay discount method, which amounts to over US&800, 000 annually.

Residents were given the opportunity to voice their comments or concerns about the electricity rate increases at a public hearing.