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Council helps delay BMU rate increase

Thursday, May 24, 2012

scottw@standard-democrat.com

SIKESTON -- A proposed electricity rate hike will likely be put off till fall.

The first reading for a bill which would authorize an increase in Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities electrical rates was tabled during a special Sikeston City Council meeting Wednesday.

Mike Bohannon, council member, said tabling the first reading will push the time table on higher rates back so they won't be in place "during the summer months, during peak usage" in July and August.

As regular bills go into effect 30 days after they are approved by the Sikeston City Council, approving the rate increase at the next regular Council meeting June 4 would mean the higher rates would "hit people at the worst time of the year," Bohannon said. "I think we're getting ready to face a hot, long summer."

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