Starting in just a few days on May 1, 2019, residents of Smithville, TX, are going to see an increase in their electricity bill. Voted on and passed by the Smithville city council on September 14, the cost of electricity is going to go from $0.0388 per kilowatt hour to $0.045 per kilowatt hour.
This is an increase of 16 percent and has been figured to average out at around $6.43 more every month on people’s electricity payment, which comes out to about $77 extra per year.
Overall, this rate increase should mean almost $140,000 more for Smithville every year. These funds are planned to be used for a number of city improvements, the majority of which will be upgrades to the city’s utility infrastructure as well as go toward road improvement and drainage systems.
Still, it will take a few years for Smithville to earn back money it lost due to so many customers in the area who charged off their accounts rather than pay the bills. To date, there’s near a half a million dollars that has been charged off, which is a huge amount of funds to a city with a population of about 4,000 people.
Smithville utility customers looking to make an online payment on an electricity bill will still be able to do so at the Smithville Utilities Pay Online section of the city’s official website. If you have any questions, you can call the City of Smithville at (512) 237-3282 and press option 1 on the audio menu to get to City Utilities.