Church in dire straits due to unexpected bill increase

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POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 9:56pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 2:02pm

The Tabernacle of Praise is a small Jacksonville church, catering to the elderly with a congregation of only twenty members.

But because of a sudden hike in the electricity bill, the church may have to close its doors.

Church leaders tell KETK, they have paid a modest electricity rate for more than ten years, but last October, Oncor started adding a much higher delivery charge, between 100 and 200 dollars.

A charge, founder Mary Rawlinson says, the church just can't keep paying.

Tom Trimble with Oncor says the church falls under the non-residential rate, and those charges were added due to a demand in energy charge.

But he says he will personally look into the matter, to try and find some resolution.

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100-200 delivery charge for that size building is outrageous

WHY CAN'T THEY BE PUT ON THE AVERAGE SYSTEM, WHERE THEY PAY THE SAME AMOUNT YEAR AROUND AND THEY WILL NOT HAVE HUGE ELECTRIC BILLS IN THE SUMMER AND WINTER IF THEY ARE TOTAL ELECTRIC, WHAT ABOUT THE WINTER.. SOUTHWESTERN ELECTRIC HERE IN MINEOLA, TEXAS WILL PUT YOU ON THE AVERAGING SYSTEM IF YOU PAY YOUR BILL ON TIME EVERY MONTH, BUT IF YOU MISS A PAYMENT , IT GOES BACK TO THE OLD WAY OF PAYING... THEY MIGHT CHECK ON THE AVERAGE SYSTEM, BUT IF THEY ONLY HAVE 20 MEMBERS, MAYBE NOT... JUST CHECK..

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