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January 8, 2013

Letter: Those increases just keep on coming

Those increases just keep on coming

On Dec. 14 The Herald Bulletin reported the Anderson City Council approved an overall 2.7 percent increase in the Municipal Light and Power rates.

According to the deputy mayor, for the residential users the increase will be from $60 to $84 annually. That is only two to three times the rate of the wheel tax that the County Council is considering bringing back. These rates, along with an increase in Medicare premiums, will consume most of the 1.2 percent cost-of-living increase that seniors received on their Social Security checks.

In the Light and Power proposal, residents, many of whom are on fixed income, will see a 7.8 percent increase while the industrial rates will be reduced by 1.2 percent. Here’s an idea, let’s reduce the seniors’ rate 1.2 percent and increase Nestlé’s rate to 7.8 percent.

Haven’t we done enough for Nestlé’s 330 Andersonian jobs? $23 million we have approved in tax abatements, a new three-lane street we have built for them, the new $4.5 million water tower that the citizens of Anderson built for them — now we are giving them a rate reduction?

I am for starting a petition to have Nestlé change its company mascot from an unassuming, gentle giant bunny rabbit to a large blood-sucking mosquito.    

Yes, we came into this world with nothing and with the assistance of greedy corporations, such as Bank Of America, British Petroleum and Nestlé we will depart this world with much, much less.

Darrell Baylor

Anderson

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