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Several Pawhuska utility customers question why their bills are so high after some bills quadruple

Posted at 3:18 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 23:17:53-04

PAWHUSKA, Okla.-- Dozens of people are turning to social media to question why their July electric bills are so high.

Many of them have also reached out to 2 Works For You looking for answers. One customer says her bill jumped from about $180 in June to $846 for July.

Several people contacted 2 Works For You wondering why their electric bills have doubled, in some cases quadrupled in just one month.

"We are a small town jobs are very scarce here and people cannot afford to pay these bills,” said resident Lisa Brown.

For Lisa Brown and her husband, it doesn't make sense.

"It just doesn't add up I've lived here my whole life and my electric bill in this town is never been over $250 and now it's $400.”

Beaushee Wildact’s electric bill went from $180 in June to more than $840 in July. He was expecting some kind of increase on his monthly bill.

“For it to just quadruple that something outrageous,” Wildact said.

For Jacque Jones, the bill jumped by $500 form the previous month. She says she’ll find a way to pay, but others aren’t so fortunate.

“They have to make a choice do I want to eat or do I want to be in cool air,” Jones said.

The city manager, Mike McCartney, did not want to speak on camera, but he did agree to talk to us about the issue. McCartney said his own electric bill has more than doubled for the month of July, too. He says the hot weather has driven up costs for customers all over Pawhuska. He insists there is no conspiracy theory and the city is not gouging its utility customers. He says he will look into the issue to make sure meter reading is being done correctly.
 

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