To: Steven V. Lant, President
284 South Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Dear Mr. Lant,
I was astonished to receive my current electric bill and to note that the price for one kWh had more than doubled since the previous billing period. As are many of your customers, I am a single woman over 70 on a fixed yearly income. I carefully budget expenses for the entire year. For the last seven years, since I have been a customer, my yearly bills from Central Hudson have been about $3,500. I budgeted $4,000 for 2014. It would appear that I will exceed this amount by the next billing period. The only way I can afford the doubling of my electric bill is to give up all my charitable donations, as I have no other discretionary income.
How much does this shocking raise in rates per kWh have to do with the acquisition of Central Hudson by Fortis in June 2013? In any event I am unable to pay the full amount and also my mortgage for this month, so I enclose my check for $1,500 as the kWhs for this billing period were only 15 more than last.
In the interest of other customers in my situation, I am sending a copy of this letter to the editor of Philipstown.info/the Paper.
May Brawley Hill