Although the specifics are not yet known, Jackson city electric customers can expect to see lower electric rates at some point in the future.
That piece of good news was announced at Jackson City Council's meeting on Monday evening, April 9 by Jackson City Councilman Jon Ondera, who also serves as Utility Committee chairman.
He indicated that city officials had met and reached the conclusion that an electric-rate reduction for customers would be possible as a result of an involved rate study.
The amount of the rate decrease and when it will take effect have not yet been determined, but Ondera says the new rate should be "coming in the near future." He added, "We have negotiated a cost reduction, but nothing is etched in stone." Jackson IT Director Tom Woltz, who was involved in the process, said he hopes the rate changes can be made "relatively soon."
Ondera explained the rate reduction will be possible because of lower rates the city will be getting for electricity it purchases through AMP-Ohio, which is a wholesale power supplier and services provider for 135 members in Ohio and several other states. The lower rate negotiated by the city will enable it to pass along a lower rate to its customers.
Jackson Mayor Randy Heath also noted that a second factor being figured into the electric-rate reduction will be the fact that the city, due to a state-audit finding, can no longer allocate as much money from the Electric Fund to the General Fund for rents-and-right-of-way reimbursements.
Heath told The Telegram that the rate study, which has been done with the aid of a consultant, has been a long, involved and complex process.
Ondera concluded, "I'm very pleased things are moving in the right direction. There will be cost-savings to us and the general public."