Havana's Utilities Costs Some of Florida's Lowest

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

Warmer temperatures aren't the only thing Havana resident Corinne Rose likes about her relocation from Ohio.

"The rates, electric rates are lower here, water rates are lower garbage, I think all the utility rates are quite lower," said Rose.

Heating costs up north would create an obvious gap, but even compared to utility costs around the state, Havana costumers aren't shelling out as much as others.

Utilities costs for Florida's 33 municipal providers were compared for the month of October.

Powered by Florida Municipal Agency, a bill in Havana for 1000 kilowatt hours would run about $122. That's the 12th lowest in the state.

The report by the Florida Municipal Electric Association shows Quincy came in 15th lowest and Tallahassee at 18th.

"We've cut back on our expenses in order for the base rates of all our utilities so there's be no pressure to raise them," said Havana Town Manager Howard McKinnon.

About 70 percent of Florida Municipal Agency's power is fueled by natural gas.

McKinnon says natural gas prices have dropped and those savings are being passed along to the consumer.

News Corinne says helps when planning for her family.

"You can put more money toward groceries or more money to
ward maybe having a fun night out. Obviously the utilities being less gives you a little extra money to put toward something else."

McKinnon says in October the power cost adjustment was 2.8 cents.

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