KUB proposes rate hike for customers

KUB proposes rate hike for customers

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The Knoxville Utilities Board is considering rate increases that could start as soon as August if approved. The Knoxville Utilities Board is considering rate increases that could start as soon as August if approved.
If the proposal is approved, electricity for residents would go up $1 and water would go up $2 in August. In November, natural gas would increase $1 and wastewater would jump $3 by then. The rates for commercial customers will vary. If the proposal is approved, electricity for residents would go up $1 and water would go up $2 in August. In November, natural gas would increase $1 and wastewater would jump $3 by then. The rates for commercial customers will vary.
KUB said the money is going to support infrastructure improvements. KUB said the money is going to support infrastructure improvements.
Knoxville, TN - By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knoxville Utilities Board is considering rate increases that could start as soon as August if approved.

KUB is required to upgrade its wastewater systems and the agency started its own improvement plan for water mains. KUB said the money from the rate hikes will go towards those improvements.

"Every dollar counts for me right now," KUB customer Matthew Riley said.

Riley is temporarily out of work because of an injury he sustained while landscaping. He said he worries he won’t be able to keep up with the proposed KUB rate hikes.

"It can hurt a lot of people,” Riley said. “My instance, I'm out for six weeks and I can't make no money and I still got bills that need to be paid and they keep getting higher."

If the proposal is approved, electricity for residents would go up $1 and water would go up $2 in August. In November, natural gas would increase $1 and wastewater would jump $3 by then. The rates for commercial customers will vary.

KUB said the money is going to support infrastructure improvements.

"I believe it's worth it,” KUB customer Don Peters said. “I know times are tough and everybody's hurting and a few dollars here and there makes a big deal, but in the long run I think it's worth it."

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