Please vote on Tuesday.
Last year I was involved in the residential and business study of the electric rates in Mascoutah. We were paying over half of what Ameren charged at that time, It wasn’t only all electric mobile homes that were paying $600 to $700 per month, it was also new all-electric condos and apartments.
The city manager doesn’t live in the city limits, and I believe his electric company is Ameren. His out is that he has to do what the City Council tells him to do. I think some of the council members have the attitude that if people can’t afford the electric rates, they need to move.
This $18,000 study the city did didn’t do much more than tell the city to raise our rates 3 percent every year. That is no comparison with other towns’ rates.
If Ameren could be brought in, lower income people and senior citizens on fixed incomes might have a little money left at the end of the month. Maybe businesses that have opened and closed could have kept going long enough to make it.
Some candidates are not even going to try to help residents with electric rates. Just because the council inherited the power rates we have doesn’t mean they can’t change them and bring in Ameren. I believe Ameren could service us in a timely manner.
Please do your homework before you vote on who you put in the City Council. This won’t happen overnight, but if we get the right people in, it’s a start.
Wayne M. LaQuet