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Mayor will try again on levelized billing

When the Paris City Council meets on Monday, Aug. 4 for a regularly scheduled meeting, Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers will ask Aldermen to deal with some unfinished business.

Rogers said last week he’s going to ask the City Council to approve his plan to offer a levelized billing option to city electricity customers and he wants Aldermen to adjust what the city charges for electricity so that it more accurately reflects what the city is paying for electricity.

Under the Mayor’s levelized billing proposal, residential customers who sign up would pay a 12-month rolling average. Rogers says offering the option will lessen the pain of high electric bills.

“I think it would help a lot of our residents, especially those on a fixed income,” Rogers said.

However, some of the Aldermen have questioned whether the city’s computer software can handle a levelized billing program.

“I’m told by our software company that our computer software can handle it,” Rogers said. “So, I’ve asked them to come to the meeting and prove it and answer any questions.”

If approved, Rogers hopes to have a sign-up period for levelized billing this fall.

“It would be in October or November,” Rogers said. “Hopefully, it’ll be in place when they get their bills for December. I’ve studied what other cities have done to implement this and I’ve talked with cities in Oklahoma that do this. It works for both the city and its residents.”

As for electric rates, Rogers said the city is paying an average of 10 cents and 11 cents per kilowatt hour. The city is charging customers six cents per kilowatt hour with the difference added to the bill as a fuel cost adjustment.

“I’d like to get our rate to a point that it lowers or eliminates the fuel cost adjustment,” Rogers said. “If we can get the rate to a point where it reflects the cost, the fuel cost gets lower or it could go away.”

Rogers said he’s had a lot of questions and complaints about the fuel cost adjustment.

“People have complained for years about the fuel cost adjustment,” Rogers said. “It confuses customers.”

“People will still pay for the electricity they use,” Rogers said.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

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