Wilson residents outraged as utility bills triple

February 24, 2010 9:00:00 PM PST
Wilson residents are complaining that their utility bills have been doubling, even tripling in recent months.Thousands have complained on a Facebook page created specifically for people to vent.

One business owner says the high energy prices could drive him out of business.

One month last fall, his bill went up $400 without any explanation.

"They keep raising and going down, raising and going down and then to jump from $800 to $1,251," energy customer Garland Skinner said. "Now how did I burn that much power?"

The city is responsible for the billing. A Wilson spokesperson says the bills are high because it was a very cold January.

A longer than normal billing cycle also played a role, which is a problem the city is trying to correct.

A meeting was held Thursday to try to come up with solutions.

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