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2/2/2014 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Electric bill taxes shocking

I received my electric bill on Jan. 13. UniSource was nice enough to split my bill in two parts because of new taxes.

My bill from Dec. 7-31 was for a total of 24 days, but I was not home for seven days. Round numbers were: $26 for electric, $3 for taxes, and it came to a total of $29.

Now the shocker, my bill from Jan. 1-9 was for a total of nine days. Again, the round numbers are: $13 for the electric, $12 for the taxes, which comes out to a total of $25.

That means that our taxes have gone up from $3 to $12! That's four times as much! This is taxation with misrepresentation.

I cannot wait until I get my gas bill; we had all better take a real good look at our bills before we pay them.

Leroy Wilkins


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014
Article comment by: H Q

The State Tax on our power bill was. $1.28 in Dec. $5.81 on our Jan. bill. $4.53 increase! What the hell is going on
With the State Tax on our utility bills?

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

Odd...there's another adult in my home now...and all bills except my cable are less than last year. And the cable is just the same as last month and only a few dollars more than Dec.

But hey...the monthly shot for my asthmatic cat went up 2 bucks!

Who do I call about that????

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: L J

We notice a jump in the State Tax on our Suddenlink Bill also. Everything going up but our income.All this is going to
take away from our local economy.

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

"...please comment here..."

I Tried, but since the taxes on my Unisource bill only went up by fifty-three cents I guess it did not fit the parameters of outrage seen here.

Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014
Article comment by: Costly Popsicle

We routinely wear extra clothing layers during cold spells so we don't have to turn the thermostat up above 68 in the daytime, and we keep it below 59 at night. We are rarely temperature "comfortable". Yet, our most recent bill was over $100 higher than it was for about the same time frame last year. However, I noticed the bill was for 38 days this time. I fully expect my next bill will be FAR less than this last bill and will only be covering about 24 days of consumption. If not, there will definitely be some "heated" exchange!

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Frank Harris

I too have a December bill that is double what I usually pay. My bill averages $85 to $100. I was stunned when it was $174. Yea, I expected it to increase 10% - 20% since it was Christmas month with friends popping in and some increase in light use, etc..

I've been paying Unisource for electric and gas for longer than the company has been Unisource. I have a historic perspective on this and also can not understand this jump.

Heating of any kind is the largest energy user. So before Unisource says oh yea, holiday baking and cooking will increase your electric bill dramatically let me state I have a gas stove and water heater (and my gas bill did increase about 10%.)

Others with outrageous bills that all of a sudden appeared please comment here. If it looks like there is a significant number experiencing the same "abnormal" billing, the next step will be to file a complaint with the state corporation commission. So it is in the ball court of Unisource customers and how Unisource itself is going to respond. I'll be following this letter and comment closely.

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: H Q

If true, this is an unannounced and another hidden tax from the public by our fiscal conservative State policticans!

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Lori Gabriel-Dane

I have lived in Kingman for seven years now. My electric bill always runs between $79 to $89 a month. I expect that because I leave two outside lights on and at least three lights on in the house at night (I hate complete darkness) as well as two TVs all night long. I purchased a small electric heater because our TV room tends to be really chilly when it's cold outside. Ahhh, the warmth it produced was wonderful... until I got my January bill of $179. I kind of freaked and called the electric company to ask why my bill was so high. They said they did raise taxes, but not that much. So, it had to be that darn electric heater. It's small, so I didn't think it would effect my bill that much. I paid $16 for the heater, and ended up paying $100 extra for the month to run it. I threw the heater away. I guess that teaches me one good lesson. If cold, put on an extra sweater or cover up with a heavy blanket. It's much cheaper!

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Energy efficient

OMG, I would kill for a $30 electric bill! I average $80 a month in the winter, and $130 in the summer. My gas bill is around $70 a month (I keep my place at 65 most of the day). I`m sure many people would love to have MY bill too!

Posted: Sunday, February 2, 2014
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I say when taxes need to be increased then elected officials need to have their salaries cut by the same amount, 3% raise in taxes, 3% cut in pay, it wouldn't take long before the elected learn to spend more wisely.

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