PSC schedules public hearing on Empire rate hike
March 14, 2010
The Missouri Public Services Commission is hosting two public hearings in Joplin about the Empire District Electric Company’s proposed 20% rate increase.

One local citizen is asking residents to not only attend a hearing, but also to bring a non-perishable food item. Daniel Wright, of Joplin will donate the items collected to a local food pantry.

“As you know, many in our community, particularly the elderly, face the choice of having a nutritious meal or keeping the utilities turned on. We need to make sure our voices are heard by the commission, but we also must make sure the elderly in our community are getting fed,” Wright said.

The meetings are being held Monday, Mar. 22 at 6 p.m and Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2010 at noon, both in Webster Hall on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. Please come 30 minutes earlier if you want your voice heard.

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