Mont Alto offers a budget plan for it...

Mont Alto offers a budget plan for its electricity customers

There are 7 comments on the Public Opinion story from Feb 17, 2009, titled Mont Alto offers a budget plan for its electricity customers. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Now one year into an electricity rate increase of 92 percent, Mont Alto residents having trouble covering their bill are being asked to sign up for the budget plan.

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an observer

Holt, MI

#1 Feb 17, 2009
The reported rate increase must be an error. At the reported rate of 99.65 per kwh, my bill would be 22,3614.60 which is unreal. Even at .09965 this rate is significant and difficult for persons to meet who are living on fixed income as your elderly subscribers may well be. These kind of increases make energy saving equipment almost a necessity.
Resident of Mont Alto

Hagerstown, MD

#2 Feb 17, 2009
Regardless of what the $ is, this Borough will take all they can get. The utlities are unreal and you can't get on the budget unless you have paid the bill on time for a year. In this economy how can you do it. So, there goes your budget planning. My understanding also is that you can't get on the budget if you are a renter. This borough will get you one way or another. If the bill isn't paid by end of the month, they will shut you off by the 15th of the next. Very poor system.
Walking the Earth

Mansfield, OH

#3 Feb 17, 2009
Thanks for the points "Resident of Mont Alto".

Whilst schemes like this are made to sound altruistic, they really allow the money holder to use an individual's monies throughout the year for investment (interest-bearing) and management purposes. Now, if this scheme levels the payments, AND pays a little dividend BACK to the original, well, won't be much of a dividend for an individual, but what if the Borough did this will all accounts by pooling them?

Hope I've made sense. When a Borough makes a deal, the price should not go up for its residents unless there are caps coming off.

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Feb 17, 2009
Mont Alto gets its electric from Detroit? I don't understand!

United States

#5 Feb 17, 2009
Yikes!!!!$99.65 per kilowatt-hour ?????

I don't think so.
Widows Son

Chambersburg, PA

#6 Feb 18, 2009
I believe the PO reporter should be made aware that the $99.65 per kilowatt hour is nore likely the price (cost) for 1,000 kilowatt hours (KWH) So correctly the price (cost) should have read $.09965 per kilowatt hour. Apparently the Boro buys at something like $.08000/KWH then adds a service fee to bill the $.09965/KWH. Sharpen-up PO reporter!

Wilmington, DE

#7 Feb 19, 2009
The borough should not be controling the power. Its time the residents buy thier power like everyone else.

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