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On April 16th, the City of Kingfisher hosted a public meeting to discuss a potential increase in power and water rates. The extra funds will go towards addressing deferred maintenance and improving city infrastructure, including water, sewage, and electrical systems. The City Commissioners and the city manager listened to feedback and answered questions from residents to address concerns. 

During the forum, City Manager Jim Thomas explained the reasoning behind the rate increase and where the money would be allocated. Due to delayed maintenance and outdated equipment (some as old as 40-70 years), several areas of city infrastructure are in need of upgrades. Despite the increase, Kingfisher residents will still pay less for utilities compared to neighboring communities. 

Currently, power costs $20.50 with an additional 8.9ยข per KWH used. The proposed changes would result in a $22.00 service charge and 9.5ยข per KWH used. For residential water, there is currently a $16.00 service fee and $1.98 per 1,000 gallons used. The proposed change would increase the service fee to $21.00 and the cost per 1,000 gallons to $2.46. 

The topic of the rate increase will be brought up for discussion at the upcoming meeting of the City Commissioners.

Photos & Story by AAK Libby Seiger

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