Henderson officials vote down utility rate increase

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The Henderson Board of Commissioners voted down a proposal to raise Henderson Municipal Power and Light rates. 

If it was passed, customers would have seen their rates rise two percent. Henderson Mayor Steve Austin says on his bill, this looked to be $1.40 to $1.60 a month. 

Austin says the reason for the proposed utility rate increase would be to pay for maintenance throughout the year. 

“Every year, there is an amount of poles that need to be replaced,” said Mayor Austin, “an amount of wire that needs to be replaced there’s an amount of connectors that need to be replaced, and you’ve got to be able to keep up with that and all of that is expensive.”

The HPML proposed rate increase was based off the consumer price index rate, but some commissioners did not like that. So now, the board of commissioners will present something based on local increases and cost instead.

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(This story was originally published on December 12, 2017)

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