Cairo Offsets Rising Energy Costs

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Higher energy costs loom for those living in south Georgia -- partly a result of 6 area power plants closing for maintenance or repair.

The City of Cairo is just one of the towns facing a spike in the price of power. Now, its City Council has voted to pay over $700,000 to keep customers from feeling rising costs.

Cairo Mayor Richard VanLandingham says, "The city's in pretty decent shape financially, and we just felt like it was an obligation to help our citizens because many of them are really struggling right now."

The money will come from a special fund, created by the organization MEAG - a conglomerate of 49 cities in south Georgia including Cairo, that own shares of power plants around the area.

Officials say the fund was created for times just like these, and will cover the estimated 10% spike Cairo is facing - but say the spike may not be as high as they are predicting.

Says VanLandingham, "It's a budgeted amount, so it could actually be a little less than that, which we anticipate, or it could be a little more than that."

People say they are thankful the city has stepped up to help them.

Laura Rogers grew up in Cairo - she says shes thinks "that's really beneficial to the whole community - it'll help [people] out very much, being as [the increase is] quite a bit of money."

The measure will be in effect for one year only; VanLandingham says if costs continue to rise in the future, they will have to re-work a more long-term solution.

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