Poor and elderly need a break on city’s utility bill policy

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Opinion

June 8, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Humanity House

This has been an unusually hot early-spring. We went from cold temperatures to hot with no days in between. One thing that everyone who has air conditioning can look forward to are high utility bills.

With nearly 25 percent of Iola residents living below poverty level and nearly 20 percent of our residents being over 65 and living on fixed incomes, it is time to take a serious look at our utility policies.

Money doesn’t magically appear just because you need it, and most elderly folks no longer have earning power. For those with a minimal education, employment opportunities here that pay a living wage are few and far between, making it extremely difficult for single parents or even married couples to make ends meet.

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