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Monett Council to hear views on electric rate hike

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Monett City Council has scheduled public comment on increases to electric rates for commercial and residential customers at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10.

The rate increases stem from the year-old wholesale contract with Empire District Electric that allows for rate adjustments annually. Empire proposed a 15 percent increase for the year beginning June 1.

The city has appealed the request to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The ordinances under consideration would place the city's counter-proposal into effect. Residential customers would see rates rise by 12.5 percent. Large commercial rates would rise by 12.5 percent and small commercial customers would see an increase of 10.6 percent.

The last time Monett passed along a rate increase to industrial customers was in 2008. The last commercial increase was in 2006. Billing based on the new rates began on July 1.

Council members will comment on five ordinances needed to put the rate increase in place.

In addition, public input will be heard on an agreement authorizing Allgeier, Martin and Associates, the Joplin-based engineering firm, for engineering services on the construction phase of the new water treatment plant.

Contractor bids will be reviewed for the demolition of the house at 200 W. Sycamore destroyed by fire in 2011. Final approval is also expected on an ordinance setting fees and a window for accepting service from nearby water mains for customers outside of the city limits.

The meeting will be held in council chambers and is open to the public.

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