WHEATLAND – Residents were encouraged to attend upcoming budget workshops and meetings to weigh in on concerns as the Wheatland Town Council works on the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Wheatland resident Patricia Young was at the meeting to voice concerns over her electric rates, and offered suggestions on how the Town could provide a more balanced system for charging households.
Young said that the current billing system, which offers a discount to homes that run entirely on electric for heat, does not take into account households who conserve energy by utilizing gas heating systems.
Councilman Bill Britz said that the Town would be taking a look at how residents are billed in the upcoming budget meetings, and that there are many factors that will be considered when looking at the energy rates for the Town.
“You add everything that is on the electric department’s list, there are approximately 1.5 million dollars in upgrades and repairs,” he said. “It is sizeable, and [while] it is not going to be completed in one year, it is going to be a considerable expense.”
Citing the needed repairs, as well as upcoming statewide increases on energy through the Wyoming Municipal Power Agency (WMPA), Britz said that the upcoming budget hearings would be an important time to consider options as to how the increased prices would be addressed by the Town.
Mayor Joe Fabian encouraged members of the audience to attend the upcoming meetings and workshops, and weigh in with concerns for the new budget.
“We appreciate your coming and addressing your concerns,” he said. “We will certainly be taking [electric rates] up in the budget workshops that we are going to have.”