Seeking Stimulus Funds

Many cities are holding their hands out for a piece of the stimulus money, and local leaders in one city had a face to face meeting with state officials to see if they can bring that money home.

The Washington city manager and mayor went to Raleigh Friday morning to see what monies they could tap into to help residents struggling to pay their utility bills.

The biggest concern is electricity rates, which were slated to increase this spring -- but the city manager said due to the large number of people in default -- city council decided to push back the increase until June 30th.

City officials hope to have more funds to disperse to help those in need by the time the increase kicks in this summer.


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  • by concerned resident Location: washintgon nc on Mar 26, 2009 at 12:19 PM
    I too have noticed a weird jump in my monthly bill (about 75 to 100 dollars over last year at this time) & have heard from someone on the utilities board that they were considering an increase. My light bill last month was $360.00, this month coming due...$303.00. With the county KO'ing overtime for it's employees due to budget problems, we are having a heck of time keeping food on the table & our bills paid without this mess. But yet, we still make too much to get foodstamps or other social services. In fact, our bills plus our grocery budget (from which we have removed $100 a month...it was meager to begin with...meager meaning one meal a day for two adults & three meals a day for a two year old with snacks..I guess the adults will now eat hot dogs & ramen noodles 9 meals out of 14 a pay period, instead of 4) for this pay period comes to 30 cents more than what our check will be IF I only pay half of our light bill due next month. Way to go Washington Utilities...
  • by BCCC Nursing Student Location: Washington on Mar 20, 2009 at 08:04 AM
    Was there an increase in rates already for Washington Utilities in November 2009 of 11%? I was told this by an employee at the local office last month. I have lived at the same residence for 10 years now and have the highest light bill ever to pay for this past month. The two previous months were also higher than normal.I was barely able to keep my lights on. I do not see how many of us are going to be able to pay these outrageous rates especially many on fixed incomes. In the past years I have known many not to use their heat or air conditioning due to not being able to afford it. You see more individuals with allergy and upper respiratory problems that depend on electricity for oxygen and many other factors. Something needs to be done...plain and simple. There are a lot of people that go unnoticed and have no family to help them pay. What are we doing for them? What resources are available for individuals who make too much to qualify?
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