ELIZABETHTON — Customers of the Elizabethton Electric Department will see a 1.5 percent increase in the cost of electricity starting in October.
The Elizabethton City Council gave final approval for the increase during a called meeting Thursday. A public hearing was held prior to the vote, but no one spoke during the hearing.
The increase was approved by a 4-2 vote. Mayor Curt Alexander and Mayor Pro Tem Bill Carter cast the dissenting votes. Councilman Jeff Treadway was absent. The increase had already been passed by the Council on first reading Sept. 12.
Alexander expressed his displeasure at the increase and said it will not provide any additional revenue for the electric department. He also criticized the Tennessee Valley Authority.
“This is a pure pass-through of a TVA increase,” Alexander said. “When you do like TVA says and conserve electricity, they say their revenues are down and pass an increase.” He said that now that the increase was in place, TVA would soon make announcements of big increases in the pay of its top executives.
The only other action taken during the noon called session was to approve a parade route request for the Happy Valley High School homecoming.
The parade route will include a section of the Milligan Highway from Happy Valley Elementary to Powder Branch Road. Coucilman Richard Tester said the street was to be closed during rush hour.
Police Chief Greg Workman said it would only be closed for 15 minutes and there was an alternate route for traffic on the Old Happy Valley Road to the Elizabethton Highway.
The Council also set a workshop session for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 26 to discuss the possible establishment of a utilities board.