Kinston To Raise Electric Rates, Again

Utility rates will go up in Kinston.

Monday night, Kinston City Council voted to raise water rates 20%, waste water rates 16% and electric rates 1%.

The increases are effective as of today.

Mayor BJ Murphy says council made the decision due to recommendations from consultants. Murphy says cash reserves for bonds have to be at a certain level and currently those levels aren't up to standard.

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The Kinston City Council is scheduled to look at a consultant's recommendations for a utility rate study and three ordinances that would increase the utility rates for Kinstonians on Monday.

This may sound familiar. Kinston officials increased electric rates for their residents in both August and December of 2008. Officials said then, both increases were necessary because of increased rates from where they buy their wholesale electricity.

Also on the agenda Monday is the consideration of an ordinance to create a new business category that would address internet sweepstakes cafes. The ordinance would give the city the ability to charge fees to the sweepstakes parlors.

The Kinston City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Kinston's City Hall.


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  • by Kinston Newcomer Location: Kinston on Apr 9, 2010 at 01:44 AM
    I agree with you Kinston Girl. I have lived in Kinston for not even a year and they are killing us with the electricity. I am sick of it. What can we do? Nothing but live with it and avoid using so much electricity.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 6, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    Lavon you are a typical liberal. You are either so stoned or so ignorant that you do not even remember that you started the "how great is Obama" at 1:39 this afternoon. Obama and the dems are specificially empowering the destruction of the black race in the this country and you are cheering the entire time. Lack of jobs in Democrat controlled cities that have led to welfare, food stamps, out of wedlock births, violence, murders, prison. The democrat party embraces planned parenthood which was designed by Margaret Sanger to specifically abort black babies. They are now supporting giving the jobs that these black men and women could potentially have to illegal Mexicans. Jobless numbers for blacks went down dramatically under Bush. Welfare, out of wedlock births, and the crime rate went down in black communities under Bush. It is incredible how many black people are embracing the NEW slavery. Your new Master, the Federal Government, makes your decisions for you.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    Lavon, I AM POOR PEOPLE!!! I blame nothing on anyone but those too damn lazy to provide for themselves. I worked a public job, and have been into the section eight neighborhoods, I've seen a few people that were unable to work, but most were just unable to have the motivation since we were paying all thier bills. I have no problem with government assistance programs, but I feel that if you get to get your bills paid out of my check you should have to come mow my grass and wash my car to get it instead of spending your day hanging out with your crew.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 6, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    Dave- Obama ignores black joblesness??? Ahh I think your in the wrong thread homie because this is the thread about the City Of Kinston rate hikes... Reading is fundamental
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 6, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    Anonymous- Why do you continue to blame everything bad that happens in your life on poor people. If you wake up with hemhroids in the morning you blame it on poor people. If you have to go buy new tires on your vehicle you blame it on poor people. If your hair grows and you have to go to the barber you blame it on poor people. I swear the ignorance of some people..
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    Hey Dave what do you think about Obama bringing us out of the recession..I know you dont like it because its goodness but oh well....You should thank your President for getting us out of this god for saken mess the Republicans got us in
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM
    In "USA Today" today. "Obama Ignores Black Joblessness" Unemployment rates for white males and females dropped this month (8.9% males;7.3% females) but unemployment rates for black males INCREASED by a VERY LARGE 1.2% to 19%!!! Unemployment for black females has also increased to 12.4%. Add this to Obama's amnesty for illegals proposal which would add as many as 20 millions workers to the already tough job market. This would add an additional 1.5 people for evey currently unemployed AMERICAN citizen and undercut pay for all who seek employment.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Secshun 8 housing has everything to do with the rate hikes. None of the Sec 8 junk is well insulated, and nobody is concerned with conserving power if they are subsidized. Hell, even the GCF building is subsidized, and they NEVER shut off a single light in that place. The average bill on most of the section 8 housing if not subsidized would be triple that of a well maintained decently insulated home looking at the usage figures. Who do you think has to foot that bill????
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Apr 6, 2010 at 11:32 AM
    From the same Labor Dept. and reported in the liberal Huffington Post today (4/6). 3 million American workers have been unemployed longer than 1 year. This is 23% of the over 14 million unemployed. This is a post-World War II HIGH. In the same report it shows that the current recession began officially in December of 2007. The official definition of recession is 2 consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. That means the current recession started in July of 2007. What happened in January of 2007? The House and the Senate was taken over by democrats. The House (Nancy Pelosi) writes the budget and dictates the tax code. Unemployment was 4.7% when the dems took control. For the math impaired, that is less than HALF of what it is today!! ALL under democrat control!!
  • by To Lavon on Apr 6, 2010 at 11:30 AM
    Okay, thanks Obama for making me foot the bill for abortions, and providing us with a healthcare system that will lead to peoples deaths while sitting on a waiting list for the operation they need and almost certainly do away with life flight trauma services such as EastCare. As well as spending trillions in government funds on things that are just putting this country deeper in debt and causing further harm to our battered economy. Oh yeah, the unemployment rate is going down, but mostly because people are taking lesser paying jobs, spending less money, further ruining the economy. Get a clue dude.
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