HAVEN, Kan. — The Haven City Council has approved a surcharge for utility rates. During Monday’s meeting, the council approved adding a $.02 per kWh line to the monthly electric bill.
The surcharge is being implemented to replace cash reserves of the Power Pool after they were depleted during the extremely cold weather. At the last meeting, the council heard from Mark Chesney, who said the cost to the pool from the cold weather was around $18 million. The city’s cost is around $275,000.
Originally, the council was presented with a plan to implement a surcharge based on what the city was billed by the KPP. But the council settled on a flat $.02. Charges will show up as a separate line item on utility bills. The increase means the average household bill would be between $112 and $115 per month, or about $.17 per kWh.
The council wants to make sure the surcharge will leave the bill as soon as the KPP has recovered its losses. The KPP has indicated that could take two years.