By STEVE SCHULWITZ
News Staff Writer
On Jan 9. the Hillman Village Trustees voted to forfeit its home rule franchise gas rate to utility provider Presque Isle Electric and Gas Co-Op. The agreement also stated PIE&G would file a claim with the Michigan Department of Community Service to set a fair rate for the village.
When village residents received their bills for November and December they were surprised to see a rate increase which wasn't supposed to be implemented until the January effective date.
In the filing papers to the state, PIE&G stated Hillman will pay the company's rate until it is ruled on by the state, and the increase will be effective Jan.7.
The company then took the increase and made it retroactive to November.
"When you see effective Jan. 7, what would you think," Hillman Village Manager Dave Post said. "You would think you would start being charged that rate from that point forward. It says nothing about making any charge retroactive."
As a result of the charge the board drafted a letter appealing to PIE&G to correct the billing in question.
The letter states:
"The Trustees of Hillman hereby demand that PIE&G cancel the bills sent to citizens of Hillman on Jan.7, 2009, and that such new bills collect the PIE&G gas charge in effect prior to Jan.7, 2009."
It is uncertain if the company will change the billing amounts and/or issue new totals, or credits.
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