Ashland residents will see increase on electric bills come July

Ashland, Ore. — Electric bills are going to get more expensive for Ashland residents. The city council approved a rate hike this week, which would raise the average bill about $3.75 a month.

“The cost of the power has increased, the cost of employee contracts, PERS contributions, infrastructure all the costs are rising so we really had little choice but to raise rates,”¬†councilor Greg Lemhouse says, “had we not, we would have been in a hole of I think almost 6-million dollars in a few years.”

The increase goes into effect July 1st. Only one councilor voted against the increase.

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