Margaret Miller has never been afraid to speak up and her voice may have saved you a lot of money over the years.
“I've just always been for the little guy,” says Miller.
At 94, she still has a lot of fight in her.
“Just a trouble maker I think.”
Three decades ago she and a friend started driving to Topeka with the goal to give homeowners and small businesses a voice in the utility rate fight. Her efforts helped form the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB).
An organization that Miller says no doubt has saved you money.
“I don't know how bad it would be if we didn't have CURB,” says Miller.
CURB was at last week's Kansas Corporation Commission hearing. The state is considering another proposed rate hike by Westar Energy.
Under the plan homeowners and small businesses would pay more while large industrial customers would pay less. Westar says the increase would pay for plant upgrades and operating costs.
The average homeowner’s bill would increase by about $7.50 per month.
Miller says now is the time to speak up.
“If you like having an increase every year or two or three keep quiet,” says Miller.
The KCC will make a decision later this year. The public has until September 23rd to give feedback to the commission.
Comments regarding this case should reference Docket No. 13-WSEE-629-RTS and should be sent to the Kansas Corporation Commission Office at 1500 S.W. Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.