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City Council streamlines electric rates, to continue substation

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The recently passed budget for the City of Wellington took into account a slight increase in electric rates, and some of that is offset by a tax increase that was passed last week. Tuesday, during a work session at the Public Safety Building, the city council tweaked the rate system more. Unfortunately for electric customers, future rate increases are not out of the question.The council members agreed to some adjustments in principle and will likely vote on them at the next regular meeting set for next Tuesday.Council members also decided to go ahead with the electric substation project that has been in the works. Westar is a partner with Wellington in the project, and is paying for most of the several million dollar project. The substation would make power outages more rare, and that would help big industrial customers. It could also make residential power more reliable. The city will finance its portion through a bond issue and it will mean an increase of a few dollars on monthly electric bills.Council members felt this was a way of helping businesses and taking care of infrastructure.The council also agreed to go from having seven classifications of electric utility rates down to five to make things simpler. Two commercial rates will be made into one. They also decided to stop having winter and summer rates, and go with a single rate for thee entire year. This could make some rates go up and others go down, but they believe it will even out over time..Council member Kelly Green said the city not allowed anything for improvements to the city in its budget, so she did not want to postpone this project.“It is something we need,” she said.Council members also discussed having various departments pay utility bills, or at least be charged for them. This is mostly an administrative task, but it would give the city more information about how much energy various departments are using.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (25) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down g sugar · 259 weeks ago Steam or Stream? Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down notlla · 259 weeks ago WHAT ARE THE FIVE DIFFERENT ELECTRIC RATES. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Maria · 259 weeks ago can we not get a choice of our electric company? I would like to see where we could elect on having Westar, or one of the companies that provide service elsewhere. Give us a choice on what we can have instead of being a monopoly and making us have to have Wellington electric. Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Tighten your Belt · 259 weeks ago Nobody in Kansas can pick their electric provider. That is decided by the Kansas Corporation Commission. I would however like to see the different rates detailed in print. Tracy can you please get this information for your readers? Report Reply 3 replies · active 259 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down tapped out · 259 weeks ago So can you clarify the following for the readers ..one there is going to be a rate hike but there are no specific numbers. How much the rate hike will be and how much is the anticipated revenue. Second if they are going to not have winter or summer rages which one did they pick or did they compromise in the middle. If they picked the higher one is that not some kind of additional rate hike also? How much does that generate. Lastly it states we will have to pay for a bond through the electric bill. Does that require a vote of any kind plus once again how much. I can potentially see three rate increases in this article. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Steve · 259 weeks ago So what rate did we get stuck with the Winter or Summer? Summer rates are higher than winter rates. I don’t mind paying more for electric however this fuel cost adjustment is what is killing people. I do not believe it cost $400 to deliver $380 worth of electricity to my house when everyone in Wellington is using the same Westar utility line to bring power into the City Substation? Report Reply 9 replies · active 258 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Charlie · 259 weeks ago This report was kind of vague. It sounds like the council still doesn’t realize they don’t have any extra money laying around to do a multi-million dollar project. Borrowing more may not be productive and raising our rates is not the answer either. Stop spending please! I would like to read the minutes, but they usually aren’t posted on the city web site for 2 or 3 months following the meetings. Bend over and get ready. Westar is a for profit company and doesn’t do things for nothing. They have stockholders to answer to. Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down tapped out · 259 weeks ago The city said they were 1.2 million behind but of you look at the city budget you will see that they have placed 800,000 in an emergency storm account. There has been no money placed there the last two years. I can understand saving for a rainy day but most of us commoners who are trying to stretch the dollar doesn’t place money in an account for what might or might not happen and then go borrow money to replace it. The city has done exactly that. Only they are adjusting rates to make up money..so what happens to that money if there is no disaster??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down credence · 259 weeks ago I find it interesting the City is building a new substation project that will cost “several million dollars” and Westar is going to pay the majority of the cost. If this is actually true, and I doubt it is, then why does the City need a rate increase to pay for a bond issue to cover the cost of the project? I seriously doubt Westar is paying for any of this project, so either the article is incorrect, or we are being misled concerning this project. Report Reply 1 reply · active 259 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down whatever · 259 weeks ago Remember when it’s time to vote, who put these people in office ? Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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