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Electric rates to increase in Niles

Published 11:17pm Monday, May 24, 2010

By KATIE JOHNSON
Niles Daily Star

Niles residents will see a $2.62 average increase per 600 kilowatts on their electric bills beginning June 1.

The Niles City Council unanimously approved a 4.5 percent increase Monday night.
According to city administrator Terry Eull, Indiana and Michigan Electric has raised its wholesale power costs.

“We’re not even quite covering the costs that are being added to us by I&M,” Eull said.
The city utilities department pays about $10 million in wholesale electric costs per year.
Councilmember Georgia Boggs asked if the city has explored options to keep utility rates down.

“The electric rates are going to double in 10 years,” Eull said. “We are well on our way.”
Niles residents, however, have lower electric bills than customers in other parts of the state, he said.

“Believe it or not, with as much trouble as we’re having here, we’re cheaper than the rest of the state,” Eull said.

The city will continue offering energy conservation incentives, including a second round of the free compact fluorescent lightbulb program, later this year.

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  • sick of this city

    Sounds like my family needs to put our house up for sell and get the hell out of the city first we lose Tylers Ref. then eastside school is closing and now our rates are going up what the hell don’t you all know people around here are hurting for money and there are no jobs that pay worth a crap close to home anymore i mean come on give the people a break don’t you think that have enough on there plates just trying to keep a roof over their kids heads

  • Miss Marie

    I agree many families will have to move out of Niles within the next 10 years. The City seems to be making the working poor feel unwelcome. With times as bad as they are we need to be working together not raising costs. I am pretty sure there will be many houses going up for sale in the City real soon.

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