But Mayor of Fairfield Charles Griswold says that won't happen. However customers will have to pay. "If you use it I think people should be expected to pay for it." He says December's bill was estimated for some customers, but it was 98% accurate. He says the bill increase is more associated with an increase in consumption. "My bill was approximately $200 more this month and I keep my temperature at about 66 (degrees)," said Mayor Griswold.
Outside of the mayor's office people gather in protest of the energy bills. One person even brought a sign, that got personal. "Let me just say I know what the sign says and I would never stoop to that," said Mayor Griswold. Some say the mayor has been unwilling to help people struggling to pay. "Right now $120 or so, I think my husband said, and now it's $430. I mean it's just went up too high. He's come up here and talked to them before, but they were not wanting to cooperate." But the mayor says nobody's power will be shut off and he's willing to help anyone who asks. "My door is always open. I always answer my own phone. So I don't hide from residents," said Mayor Griswold.
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