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Tuesday, Florence City Council members plan to vote on a 3% electric rate increase for some 50,000 Florence Utility Customers.
The Florence Utiltiy Electric Department Manager told WAAY31 they haven't increased rates since 2008 and since then their costs have risen 20% and that's why they need the rate increase. Officials said the average utility customer would see an additional $5 on their monthly bill if the rate increase passes.
"That's five more dollars I didn't have in my pocket before," said Florence Utility Customer and college student, Kelsi Roberts. "With college students we don't have enough money as it is so that five extra dollars each month adds up very quickly."
The increase would generate about $3.5 million annually for the electricity department, which would go to maintain thousands of miles of power lines throughout Florence and Lauderdale County.
"They haven't increased it in ten years. It's only five bucks so why not," said Florence Utility customer, Jacob Hamilton.
let them do them.
If the increase passes it will go into affect October 1st. The city council work session starts at 4 followed by the city council meeting at 5. We will update you on what the city council decides.