FRANKLIN-It seems like everything costs more these days. Many people in Franklin got an unexpected, unpleasant surprise in the mail - huge electric bills, some hundreds of dollars more than the average.

They're so concerned they formed Concerned Citizens Against High Utility Bills and went to Council to ask for an investigation.

'I am obviously very concerned because a number of the people with higher bills have low incomes,' City Manager Randy Martin said.

The City of Franklin buys power wholesale from Dominion Power and then sells electricity to its residents. It's been that way for more than 50 years.

'The city does not make a profit on electricity. The funds generated stay in the electricity fund.' Martin stated.

Some members of the group wonder whether their meters are being read correctly; others wonder if some people are getting better rates.

City officials say no. Martin says he'll have a report Monday on the findings of a review of customers' bills.

Meantime, the concerned citizens will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Franklin Sportsman Association.

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