Gas supplies are stable, and we may go back to normal gas usage. Please be mindful of your usage as the price is still not what we are accustomed to paying.
I’ve had many questions concerning utility billing. At this time, the huge increase and collateral fee will not be passed to the gas customer. I will use the average gas price times your usage to calculate your gas bill. The city will carry the additional expenses until we find out if federal funds will be available to offset this extraordinary gas price increase. Please keep in mind that it was very cold, and usage was up, so the gas bills will be higher than normal.
I was informed by KMGA yesterday, through the virtual meeting, that we need a State of Local Disaster Emergency Proclamation for Jefferson County. That is the 1st step in trying to obtain federal funding. Keeping in mind that this does not guarantee funding, it is just the beginning process in hopes of receiving funding. I was on it! I contacted the County Clerk, Linda Buttron, requesting to be added to Monday’s County Commissioner’s meeting agenda. I then explained the purpose of my request. I am happy to report that the County Commissioners passed a Resolution/Proclamation on Tuesday, 2/16/2021! Number 1 is down and there are many more steps to go.
If funding is received – depending on the amount, the bills should remain average.
If no funding is granted, I will spread the amount due over a period of time. There are many variables that play into this equation. Once I receive all invoices I will know more.