Cenla residents weigh in on rising utility bills

For citizens concerned about rising utility bills, residents had a chance to voice their opinions at the second of two forums.
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 3:52 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 10:46 PM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - For citizens concerned about rising utility bills, Oct. 4 was the final chance residents could voice their opinions, at the second of two forums hosted by the Alliance of Affordable Energy.

The forum gave citizens a chance to learn more about the Public Service Commission, and what role they play in utility rates. The P.S.C. is ultimately responsible for the price of your utility service.

As many residents are experiencing higher than normal monthly bills, organizers of the forum said it is important to know who we were electing and what we are electing them to do.

“So this affects all of us on how much we are going to have to pay, who these elected officials are, who represents us is important as we head to elect them,” said Michelle Palmer, of Louisiana Interfaith.

The Power Coalition for Equity and Justice also helped organize the event.

“We wanted to educate the public on what a kilowatt hour was and how usage compares with the fuel cost charges, so you can actually get your usage for the month,” said Cheron Holland-Hubert. “We had individuals talking about not receiving bills or receiving three bills in one month, and not being able to receive help in the community.”

Citizens at the meeting voiced their opinion on rising utility costs and put forth some options they thought would help offset the high prices we have been seeing on our utility bills.

“Number one, if we are using dollars from our utility system to actually run the city, our people are paying a regressive tax, that is a whole lot more expensive than a lot of other places,” said Jack Henton of Alexandria.

“If we became a real business friendly city, we could look at revenues coming in, not in increasing taxes, but increasing volume and, hopefully, we would not be paying the higher rates we are paying in the city right now.”

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