Commission Approves Electric Rate Reduction for May, Moves to Delay New Fire Services Fee
With economic constraints tightening in many Tallahassee homes, the Mayor and City Commissioners approved a one-time rate reduction to provide immediate financial relief for City Utility customers. In total, this will keep $6.3 million in the hands of local residents and businesses at a time when it may be greatly needed.
City Electric Utility customers will see a 27 percent discount on their May bill, meaning the savings for each customer will vary based on their usage. On average, a typical household may see a reduction of $30, while a medium-sized business may see a reduction of $1,800.
To provide customers with the discount now, the City is passing along projected fuel cost savings that the Electric Utility anticipates receiving in the coming months. Recognizing the financial impacts of COVID-19 early on, the City proactively implemented the Utility Relief Program, which allows customers facing financial hardships now to defer the payment of a bill until this fall.
At its April 22 meeting, the Commission also moved to delay the scheduled implementation of new fire services fees. No rate change for this fee is anticipated in Fiscal Year 2021, which runs from October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.
The true impact of this public health crisis will not be fully realized in the immediate future, and the City will continue to review services to ensure optimal efficiency while financially preparing for a significant reduction in revenues, currently projected to be more than $30 million this year.
For utility-related questions, customers can call 850-891-4968 or visit Talgov.com.