The City of Farmville does not read everyone's meter each month. Half of the city is on a computer read system and for the other half- a meter reader must go to the home. In most cases the city says that the bills are as much as 45 days behind on the billing cycle due to the time it takes to read the meters, but the bill is not just accounting how much each home is using in electricity.
According to the CEO of Electricities, the provider of utility services, it comes down to old debts of facilities that were purchased in the 1980's that each town has agreed to pay if they use Electricities as a provider. In each bill it breaks down to 38 cents on each dollar that citizens are paying just for the debts of Electricities. Graham Edwards Electricities CEO says it comes down to one thing that could help to contribute to lower bills.
"Greenville and other communities have grown over time and that growth is what is reducing he cost per hour for consumers here in Farmville. They have not grown and that is the big issue at this time economic development is critical," said Edwards.
Farmville's debt that they owe to the company is $29 million if they wanted to get out of their current contract.