10-16-13 Ashland City Council makes 2 key financial decisions

Oct 16, 2013 -- 8:23am

IF YOU LIVE IN ASHLAND, YOU'LL BE PAYING MORE FOR ELECTRIC SERVICES. LAST NIGHT ASHLAND CITY COUNCIL VOTED ON A 5.3% RATE HIKE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER FIRST. IT WOULD BRING THE AVERAGE BILL TO JUST OVER $72 A MONTH. THE CITY PURCHASES ELECTRICITY FROM THE BONNEVILLE POWER ASSOCIATION AND THEIR RATES HAVE GONE UP PROMPTING THE RATE INCREASE FOR ASHLAND RESIDENTS. THE LAST ASHLAND PUBLIC POWER RATE HIKE WAS APPROVED LAST NOVEMBER. AT THAT SAME MEETING, THE COUNCIL VOTED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH A PLAN TO PROVIDE $100,000.00 OVER A 2 YEAR PERIOD TO HELP THE GROUP OHRA ALSO KNOWN AS 'OPTION FOR HOMELESS RESIDENTS OF ASHLAND', AND ACCESS. THE TWO GROUPS TEAMED TOGETHER TO PROVIDE THE COUNCIL WITH A PLAN AND HOW THEY WOULD MANAGE AND SPEND THE MONEY. PLANS CURRENTLY INCLUDE A PORTABLE SHOWER FACILITY AND ACCESS TO CASE WORKERS TO HELP GET THE HOMELESS BACK ON THEIR FEET.

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