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Customers sound off after proposed DP&L fee hike

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -- Customers looking at the back of their Dayton Power and Light bill will a category listed as 'delivery charges'.The customer charge listed there could triple under the utility's company proposed fee hike.

During a public hearing on the hike, Carl Moser, a DP&L customer, spoke out against the hike. 

"I'm 67. I'm on a fixed income and I use very little electricity," Moser said.

The hike would impact customers no matter how much electricity they use.

"It's kind of regressive. The less money you have, the more you have to pay because the fixed rates are going up," Moser argues.

DP&L has asked the Public Utlities Commission of Ohio to allow them to increase their current customer charge from $4.25 to $14 a month, an increase of almost $10.The commission's staff has instead recommended an increase to $8 instead. Commissioners are not bound to eigher figure. They can come up with their own number or reject the hike all together. 

Representatives for the utlity company said Thursday night that they need the monety to keep up with costs.

"This is to maintain our infrastructure. That's the poles and wires, thats the call centers, that's the meter readers," Mary Ann Kabel, Director of Corporate Communications, said.

Chris Kershner with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce came out in support of the company's price hike. "DP&L is a strong corporate partner that proactively works with the regional business to spur economic development," he said.

If an increase is approved, it comes on top of what customers pay for usage. It is a concern for Rachael Belz who is the executive director for Ohio Citizen Action. She worries about people who already have a hard time paying for bills.

"When people are are on low income or fixed income, it comes down to 'Do I pay for my prescription medication or do I pay for increases on my bill?,"

Kabel said the company had assitance programs in place to help those struggling to pay for their bills.

For now, customers will have to wait on the commission's ruling. Next in the process is an evidentiary hearing set for June in Columbus.

Click here for more information on the increase and to learn how to submit comment on the issue. 


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