Electric Rate Mistake Causes Controversy | Ohio News Network (ONN)

There are 19 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Feb 11, 2011, titled Electric Rate Mistake Causes Controversy | Ohio News Network (ONN). In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

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gladysrosamond

Marion, OH

#1 Feb 11, 2011
If they had been being billed by an electric utility instead of the village, they wouldn't have had this problem. Another reason government should not be in any business but government, not utilities, not retail, not banking, not manufacturing. NOT anything but government, and they don't do that very well.
Dante

Columbus, OH

#2 Feb 11, 2011
They should have paid it anyway, just over the past 31 months. Suck it up, you owed it anyway!
Interesting

Columbus, OH

#3 Feb 11, 2011
In the wrong hands, Microsoft Excel can be deadly.
Burned out

Chillicothe, OH

#4 Feb 11, 2011
The Utilities don't always get it correct either. When my meter was estimated last summer because the meter reader is too lazy to stop, it was more than double the highest rate pushing it to around $250.00 each month. That went on for THREE of the summer months. Of course when they actually started reading the meter again, they owed me money. I've now gone four months without paying a bill. The problem is, by using the higher estimated rate during the summer, I missed the chance to recieve a lower per kilawatt rate for conserving electical usage during the summer peak season. I qualified last year. So they still screwed me. Repeated complaints to their 800 number were a waste of time.

After all of this, they still bombard me with requests to sign me up for automatic payments each month. If they think I'm ever gong to give them direct access to my checking account they are asolutely crazy. It's already bad enough when I never see my cancelled check back from them. They do not have to return it.
Interesting

Columbus, OH

#5 Feb 11, 2011
Burned out wrote:
The Utilities don't always get it correct either. When my meter was estimated last summer because the meter reader is too lazy to stop, it was more than double the highest rate pushing it to around $250.00 each month. That went on for THREE of the summer months. Of course when they actually started reading the meter again, they owed me money. I've now gone four months without paying a bill. The problem is, by using the higher estimated rate during the summer, I missed the chance to recieve a lower per kilawatt rate for conserving electical usage during the summer peak season. I qualified last year. So they still screwed me. Repeated complaints to their 800 number were a waste of time.
After all of this, they still bombard me with requests to sign me up for automatic payments each month. If they think I'm ever gong to give them direct access to my checking account they are asolutely crazy. It's already bad enough when I never see my cancelled check back from them. They do not have to return it.
You can really show the bastards and stop using electricity, or use a lot less of it.
mlj

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 12, 2011
just zero out those residents bills and start over.
From the Powell Bubble

Powell, OH

#7 Feb 12, 2011
mlj wrote:
just zero out those residents bills and start over.
I agree, poor Bowie made a mistake. Everyone makes a mistake and I'm sure if he's working in som epo dunk town office they are not paying him a fortune to be perfect. Reduce the bills or make that section of the bill payable over several months. What kind of Dumba$$ approved it to all go out at once? Sheeze, your council needs help.
AVZ

North Fort Myers, FL

#8 Feb 12, 2011
Just recoup it over the next 31 months. Problem solved.

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#9 Feb 12, 2011
Pay your bills. If you don't you are just killing jobs. The electric company knows what is best.
CollegeProf

Phoenixville, PA

#10 Feb 12, 2011
gladysrosamond wrote:
If they had been being billed by an electric utility instead of the village, they wouldn't have had this problem. Another reason government should not be in any business but government, not utilities, not retail, not banking, not manufacturing. NOT anything but government, and they don't do that very well.
No, they could have sat in the cold and dark for more than a week while the utility subcontracted maintenance people from out of state to slowly return electricity to customers, and instead of spend the money to improve the infrastructure so this doesn't happen again, take the savings and turn it into bonuses for the CEO and shareholders.
gladysrosamond

Marion, OH

#11 Feb 12, 2011
No, they could have sat in the cold and dark for more than a week while the utility subcontracted maintenance people from out of state to slowly return electricity to customers, and instead of spend the money to improve the infrastructure so this doesn't happen again, take the savings and turn it into bonuses for the CEO and shareholders

I don't believe I ASKED what might have happened. I suggested that government should not have been involved (in the first place) and none of this would have happened. Also, the little computer illiterate dweeb that caused the problem would not have had that job, or at least have been suspended. And yes, the electric company does allow you a 6 month period to take care of bills like this, but I don't believe this would have gone on for 31 MONTHS, nor would it have affected ALL the residents. So, even though the electric company doesn't have extra people sitting around drawing paychecks (think higher electric bills)to be on hand when there is a natural calamity that causes the electricity to go out, and they have to fill in with the regular everyday workers, the electric company still does a better, more efficient job than government. Just think if government had to restore the electricity. They'd have to have tons of meetings just to decide when to restore it, who can restore it, or if it's in their job description, where the funds would come from, etc. etc. So, try to be realistic when you make a statement.
CollegeProf

Phoenixville, PA

#12 Feb 12, 2011
gladysrosamond wrote:
No, they could have sat in the cold and dark for more than a week while the utility subcontracted maintenance people from out of state to slowly return electricity to customers, and instead of spend the money to improve the infrastructure so this doesn't happen again, take the savings and turn it into bonuses for the CEO and shareholders
I don't believe I ASKED what might have happened. I suggested that government should not have been involved (in the first place) and none of this would have happened. Also, the little computer illiterate dweeb that caused the problem would not have had that job, or at least have been suspended. And yes, the electric company does allow you a 6 month period to take care of bills like this, but I don't believe this would have gone on for 31 MONTHS, nor would it have affected ALL the residents. So, even though the electric company doesn't have extra people sitting around drawing paychecks (think higher electric bills)to be on hand when there is a natural calamity that causes the electricity to go out, and they have to fill in with the regular everyday workers, the electric company still does a better, more efficient job than government. Just think if government had to restore the electricity. They'd have to have tons of meetings just to decide when to restore it, who can restore it, or if it's in their job description, where the funds would come from, etc. etc. So, try to be realistic when you make a statement.
No one asked for or requires your permission to post a response, and someone projecting all of that based on one example should not be telling someone else to be realistic. At least my example was based on fact and not simply prejudices.
Linda

Galloway, OH

#13 Feb 12, 2011
My stupid electric was up almost $100.00 from the month before. But yea, they lforgot to tell you that the president is "Closing coal burning plants" in great numbers and preparing for rolling blackout nationwide.
Mr Bean

Mantua, OH

#14 Feb 12, 2011
Hey, Great!--this is how most big problems are solved---by drips who have absolutely no idea what they are talking about, drip, drip, drip, drip.
wilbur

Reynoldsburg, OH

#15 Feb 12, 2011
Typical small town crooks ripping people off! Losers!
From the Powell Bubble

Powell, OH

#16 Feb 13, 2011
Linda wrote:
My stupid electric was up almost $100.00 from the month before. But yea, they lforgot to tell you that the president is "Closing coal burning plants" in great numbers and preparing for rolling blackout nationwide.
DUH??!! What in the heck are you talking about? Soo ignorant and off topic.
dot

Columbus, OH

#17 Feb 16, 2011
using less electricity is a good thing, we use less energy. but dont think youll save money. the less you use, the higher the rate you pay.
Milan Resident

United States

#18 Feb 18, 2011
Dante wrote:
They should have paid it anyway, just over the past 31 months. Suck it up, you owed it anyway!
There are some people that have just moved to Milan within the last year. Why should we have to pay higher rates for the next five years?
Dante

Columbus, OH

#19 Mar 6, 2011
Milan Resident wrote:
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There are some people that have just moved to Milan within the last year. Why should we have to pay higher rates for the next five years?
Well it just sucks to be you then...

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