MARSHALL, Ill. (WTHI) – Customers of the Marshall, Illinois Natural Gas Utility will see some much needed relief in their bills next month.
Not many municipalities like Marshall own their utilities for their residents. Marshall owns its electric, water, sewage and natural gas utilities.
With the very cold stretch of weather we’ve experienced this winter, Mayor Camie Sanders and the gas committee agreed to pass some savings on to customers of the gas utility.
“My committee came to me and said we’ve got the money, can we do some relief?” Sanders said.
Here’s how the relief is coming to Marshall customers: Monday night, the city council voted to apply $250,000 towards the city’s next monthly gas bill.
The remaining debt for that month will then be split among all city customers based on usage.
Sanders said this is a one-time benefit for all customers, including businesses.
“Let’s say you get a gas bill of $300, the city will pick up maybe $200 of it,” Sanders said.
In other words, you will still receive a bill, but you should see significant savings. That will be in your bill you will receive between Feb.10 through March 9.
This is all possible because it is a city owned utility and the city, at times is able to give back.
“We’re not here to make money. We’re here to provide a service, and that’s the key,” Sanders said. “You have to keep those minimum balances in there. But when you get above those minimum balances and you don’t have a big project designated for it to go to, then give a little of it back.”
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