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November 10, 2013

Council to revisit electric rate resolution

DUNCAN — Duncan City Council members may reach a decision on whether to adopt a resolution to raise Duncan Power’s customer electric costs.

If the resolution is adopted during Tuesday’s meeting, Duncan Power customers will be paying $3.36 more for every 1,000 kilowatts used. This is an increase from $19.40 per 1,000 kilowatt hours to $22.76 per kilowatt hours.

The council tabled the resolution during the Oct. 22 regular meeting to give the council members an opportunity to look over figures and to weigh the needs of the city and its residents.

During the Oct. 22 meeting, Councilman Ricky Mayes tried to encourage his fellow council members to go ahead and vote because the need for the increases was great. The City of Duncan has been absorbing several rate increases.

If approved, this rate increase will go into effect on the November billing cycle.

“We’ve been expecting this for a long time,” Mayes said during the Oct. 22 meeting. “I don’t like my electric bill to go up anymore than anyone else does.”

The rate increase is the result of several increases for the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and the lack of rain, which caused an increase in hydropower for the City of Duncan.

During that same meeting, City Manager Jim Frieda said it is difficult for the city to request a rate increase from utility customers. But the need is there, he said. The city can’t absorb the increases much longer.

“We are not a utility company with stock,” Frieda said on Oct. 22. “We are not trying to make a profit for our stockholders. We’re investing back into the municipality.”

The Duncan City Council is expected to pass the resolution to increase the electric rates, although there will more than likely be more discussion on this time. The council will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Duncan Council Chambers.

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