Hagerstown Light Department charges have dropped to a 15-year low, which means average customers will pay about $60 less in 1999 than they did last year, department Manager Terry Weaver said Monday.
The lower charge is the result of a new electricity purchasing contract with Allegheny Power, which the City Council approved in June.
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Overall, bills for the approximately 17,000 Light Department customers will be almost 12 percent lower this year. The average customer using 700 kilowatt hours of electricity will see his or her monthly bill decrease from about $42 to almost $37, Weaver said.
Weaver said he expects the charges for city Light Department customers will stay about the same until the contract with Allegheny Power expires on June 30, 2003.