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Help ratepayers first

May 30th, 2014 9:30 am by JIM WILSON

Help ratepayers first

I read recently in the Johnson City Press about the $500,000 donation from the Johnson City Power Board to East Tennessee State University’s performing arts center. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income and I feel outraged that the Power Board has that much excess money to be able to give a half-a-million to anyone.
For me to afford my electric bill, I have to keep my air conditioner turned off until the summer heat is unbearable and in the winter, I only keep the house warm enough so the pipes don’t freeze.
If the Power Board has that much excess money, then it should first give ratepayers a break.
I also read that the attorney for the Power Board said it would only cost $7 per customer to fund this gift. That might sound like nothing to a rich attorney, but to senior citizens on fixed incomes, that’s quite a bit.
I’m not familiar with the Tennessee Valley Authority guidelines cited by a recent letter writer in Forum, but if such guidelines exist and are not being followed by the Power Board, then some sort of accountability should be taken.
JIM WILSON
Johnson City

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