Kinston residents voice opinions on electric rate reduction

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Kinston utility customers voiced their demands for a proposed electric rate reduction at a public hearing Tuesday night.

Kinston is one of the last cities to discuss lower rates after Duke Energy took over the city’s debt in ElectriCities.

City leaders must decide whether to approve either a 10 percent or a 14 percent rate cut.

A lower rate reduction will allow the city to delay future rate hikes for the next five years.

“The electric bill looms so large in our budget that we just have to take care of that first and let a lot of other stuff go,” resident Gregory Henderson said.

A decision is expected to come later this fall.

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