SEK residents face high utility bills after extreme weather | KSNF / KODE
LABETTE COUNTY, Ks. – The weather can be hot, but it’s not all sunshine for some residents of rural communities.
Charles Morse, Labette County emergency manager, said, “This is unprecedented new territory if you will and they are trying to figure it out as they go. “
Rural areas continue to feel the effects of extreme winter conditions starting in February. Now Labette County is trying to make sure all avenues are open for any help.
“Right now we have another disaster declaration in the county going through, I think we still have 12 days left.”
“We did, so if a presidential statement is declared, we can help communities, if money is made available to them. “
Although the avenue is open, places like Chetopa have not been very lucky.
Tammy Bushong, Mayor of Chetopa, said: “We have received no help from the federal government other than asking FERC to check if this is going deeper, even if it does happen it is going to take months and years to see. anything from that and they I want those bills paid now.
They are now focusing on a different strategy.
“The 2429 house bill comes before the Kansas house, and I think the loan the city could take to cover some of these costs up front without having to pass it on to our consumers. “
However, this comes at a cost.
“The caveat about this would be that this would be a loan that we could pay back over ten years.”
So, while waiting for this potential solution, the focus is now on using payment plans, which were already in place due to the pandemic.
“We will be looking at payment plans, we understand that as our community has a fixed income, no one is budgeting for a $ 1,000 electric bill.”