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Empire Requests Rate Increase

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Electricity is a necessity, but for Tanglewood Apartment manager Ava Turley, an increase in a monthly bill could mean some residents will be forced to move out of the complex.

"We really can't afford increases in the utilities", says Turley.

Empire District Electric Company announced its request to bump up rates for its electric customers, however it's up to the Missouri Public Service Commission on whether or not it will be approved. The rate increase of about 5.3% would be used for operation and maintenance, such as the trimming of plants and tree's near power lines.

 "Every little dollar affects, I mean I have to pay my own electric living here and I live over the club house, already my electric bill was a hundred and $64.00 this month and it's not even that hot yet, I mean we just got into the hot part of the year, so that's probably going to go up another $50.00 or so when it gets really hot and I can't even afford that with two incomes coming in, you know", says Turley.

Residents would end up paying about $22.1 million and while some say they don't mind paying a little bit extra to help, others say they don't see a purpose for it.

"There's a lot of people out there, that really can't afford it, you know, there has to be some give for these people", says Jaine Williams.

"When you actually see that it is helping and see that it is working, I'd give an extra $10.00 a month", says Taylor Davis.

While the increase would help pay for the needs of the company, Turley says having her residents being able to pay their bills, is important too.

"I know they're trying to raise money but, people got to survive too", says Turley.

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