City attempts to educate public on utility operations

Mayor Dickie Kennemore (Source: KAIT-TV)
Mayor Dickie Kennemore (Source: KAIT-TV)

OSCEOLA, AR (KAIT) - Citizens in Osceola are still voicing concerns over their utility bills, even suggesting the city perform some costly research.

At the city council meeting Monday night, people requested that the city lower electrical rates for six months and hire an outside engineering firm to check the efficiencies of the city.

Mayor Dickie Kennemore said the first option would wreck the city's budget, and the second would be a waste of money.

Kennemore said the city already has an engineering firm to monitor the city's efficiency.

Instead, Kennemore is going to schedule a public meeting, so the engineers can help the public understand the technical aspects and what exactly affects their bills.

"Well I want the electrical engineers to explain about transformers and how that doesn't affect the rates," Kennemore said. "I want them to explain that when you have extreme temperature fluctuations, it causes your air conditioner in the summer and your heater in the winter to have to work harder."

Kennemore said the city will also teach residents how to read their own meters and keep an eye on their usage throughout the month free of charge.

Kennemore said he hasn't set a date for the public meeting just yet.

But if you are interested in attending, watch the city's website and Facebook page for the meeting announcement.

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