Electrical Rate Increase

Dothan officials are looking at increasing electricity rates because the price they pay for power is also about to rise.

Dothan is a member of the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority which helps the Circle City and ten other communities purchase electricity at low rates.

AMEA officials say it’s been 14 years since they raised their rates.

The AMEA rate hike would translate into an extra $3 on a $100 power bill in Dothan.

Mayor Chester Sowell says that increase is more than the city can absorb but the Dothan residents we talked to are not happy about having the rate hike passed on to them.

Commissioners will vote on the proposed increase next week. If approved, Mayor Sowell says the new rates would go into effect in October.