Columbia, Sedalia see higher utility bills

9 months 1 week 1 day ago Tuesday, March 06 2018 Mar 6, 2018 Tuesday, March 06, 2018 8:17:00 PM CST March 06, 2018 in News
By: Zara McDowell, KOMU 8 Reporter
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SEDALIA - Residents in Columbia and Sedalia said they are seeing significantly higher than normal utility bills in the last few months, and many think bad meter readings are to blame.

Both a spokesman for the City of Columbia and the general manager of Sedalia's Electric cooperative said it's just a result of a bitterly cold winter.

City of Columbia Communications Director Steven Sapp and Sedalia's Central Missouri Electric Cooperative General Manager Darren Eckhoff both said the harsh winter weather is to blame.

Some Sedalia residents point to a new meter system recently installed by Central Missouri Electric Cooperative. 

Its general manager, Darren Eckhoff, said, "We are in the process of changing our meters system wide. We haven't had a rate increase."

Eckhoff said residents "think its the meters I believe, they want to blame that because they can't blame the weather I guess."

He also said Sedalia had its highest utility usage month in January 2018. It beat out the previous highest month, which was in 2014.

Sedalia residents are seeing more than $100 increases on their bills.

Don Ramirez said, "My bill went to $330 last month. Since I have owned this house, I don't think it was ever above $220."

Chelsea Kenneback, a Knob Noster resident who uses a branch of Central Missouri Electric Cooperative, said her bill, "jumped significantly."

"Even with us lowering the thermostat and only using our fireplace for heat," she said.

Kenneback said her family even removed light bulbs to see if that would help.

"We have three kids and a two-story home, so our bill typically runs $170-180 anyways. These last two months have been over $250."

Sedalia resident Greg Katzing said he uses propane to heat his home and hasn't noticed an increase in his electric bill, despite the recent meter change.

Deana Wolfe sent KOMU 8 News this graphic. The green bars show when her meter was changed from the old system to the new one.

Columbia utility customers are also paying more.

City spokesperson Steven Sapp said, "We're fielding a higher than average amount of phone calls in our customer service department and people thought it may have been bad meter readings, but we assured it was correct and did meter checks."

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