Lake Country Power Members Vote For New Rate Structure

By KBJR News 1

June 9, 2012 Updated Jun 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM CDT

CROMWELL, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Lake Country Power members have voted on three choices for a new rate structure that begins this September.

About 2,000 miles of power lines need to be rebuilt over the next twenty years.

Co-Op members will be asked to help pay for the $1.5 million dollar deficit to help refurbish the distrubution system.

To avoid unfair subsidy rate between low and high end users, the board is recommending a $42 facility service charge, which is an incrase from the present rate of $22.50.

Members voted on three different rate structures in May.

Results of the advisory rate restructuring ballot were announced at the annual board meeting Saturday, in Cromwell.

Option One: the $42 rate change received the most votes.

Option One: 3,200 votes
Option Two: 856 votes
Option Three: 2,529 votes

The Lake Country Power board will meet this summer to discuss and consider the results of the advisory votes and will announce it's decision before rates go into effect in Septemeber.

Lake Country Power serves 43,000 members in parts of eight counties in northeastern Minnesota.

Jennifer Walch
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