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Shockwave over electric bills

By on August 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Waterloo City Hall received an abundance of calls last week from residents questioning their June electric bills.

The city is still in the process of replacing existing electric meters in town with updated technology that allows city workers to read meters electronically and provide more consistent billing.

Waterloo finance director Shawn Kennedy explained that depending on the date the new metering system was installed at their homes, affected residents could have been billed for up to 37 days this period. 

Combine that with one of the hottest Junes on recent record and it is a recipe for a higher-than-average utility bill.

“Some have an extra seven days on their bill, and they were a hot seven days,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy assured residents there has been no rate increase as a result of the new metering technology. 

In fact, the rate was 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour in June 2017 compared to 13 cents per kilowatt hour in June 2018.

The “double whammy,” as Kennedy put it, of high temps and added billing days only applied to those who had their meters changed out during that billing cycle…>>>

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Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.