Kinston Rate Hike Has A Purpose

A collective sticker shock will most likely be prevalent this month as Kinston residents open their utility bills.

The city approved rate hikes of 20 percent for water, 15 percent for sewer and 1 percent for electricity.

The city defaulted on bonds at the end of the 08, 09 fiscal year because of higher utility purchase costs and the loss of Smithfields Vernon Avenue Plant as a customer.

If it defaults again for this fiscal year, Kinston could be sanctioned by the state local government commission.

Mayor B.J. Murphy said his choices were to raise rates now, or cut expenses and raise rates in July.

Residents like Dawson who are currently not living inside city limits but have been annexed are worried about rates rising in the future.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    Yet the whole platform Murphy ran on was all about revamping section 8 housing, allowing for less expenses to avoid raising rates. And Lavon, the more people move, the lower the amount of consumed energy is, therefore lowering expenses, if it wasn't for individuals having to foot the bill for those with subsidized utilities our rates wouldn't be affected in a noticable amount by population changes.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 8, 2010 at 04:44 AM
    Its just like I said in the other post. The more people thea move out of Kinston the higher your rates are going to be. I know because i've been told that by a city council member years ago.
  • by Justice on Apr 7, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    Easy answer to this one, raise only the rates of the ones who voted for the bonds! Foreclose on the properties of the commissioners who voted to borrow the money! See how easy that was.
  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:48 PM
    atta boy murphy,,,never, ever cut expenses. always stick it to the people. it's the obonzo way. perdue certainly will approve. now,, take a nice overseas vacation at the taxpayers expense, and get yourself a nice limo.
  • by Kinston Person on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:46 PM
    Looks like everything Phil Robey use to tell the City Council was true and maybe they should have hired him as City Manager and it would not have come to this.

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