Kansas Gas Service Customers Voice Concern Over Rate Increases

By: Stephanie Schultz
By: Stephanie Schultz

Highlights

-  Kansas Gas Service looking for rate increases of $32.7 million

-  Rates would affect residential customers

-  Rates would be reduced for the biggest business clients

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas Gas Service customers had the opportunity to voice their concerns at a public hearing tonight.

The company is asking for a rate hike of more than $32 million for residential customers and a reduction in rates for their biggest business clients.

Officials and residents alike have mixed feelings about the proposed plans.

"When the customers start guaranteeing revenues, it's not very risky for the utility," said Niki Christopher, staff attorney with the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board. "We think we ought to be paying a lower return to the company in exchange."

Dawn Ewing sees the increases as a protection for the residents.

"We understand and appreciate the sensitivity that customers have to the rate increase proposal," said Ewing. "At the same time we want to ensure the company has what's needed to continue bring safe and reliable natural gas service to customers."

If you missed tonight's meeting, public comments can be made by mail until October 31.


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