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Paducah Power customers upset with high cost of utility bills

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PADUCAH - Paducah business owner Ronnie Goode is very outspoken about the decision Paducah Power made five years ago to sever ties with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

"The board has refused to admit that it was a poor decision," Goode said as he was reading from a letter to the editor in The Paducah Sun.

It's his second newspaper editorial.  He owns Cole Lumber and said his customers share the same opinion.  "Every one of them asks what can we do? How can we get out of this? Or we just stuck?" he told Local 6.

Goode calculated his company's power costs from February 2013 to February of this year.  He said he's paying 32% more to keep his lights on.  He expects his bills to stay high.

"I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. I don't see but anything getting worse," he said.

"The power rates have really put a hurting on the families," said Necie Smith.

She is the emergency services coordinator for Paducah Cooperative Ministry.  She oversees PCM's funds for families looking to pay down their utility bills.  "They are not really looking for a hand-out.  They are looking for a hand-up," Smith said.

She said people line up early every Monday morning, even before the doors open hoping to get some financial assistance.  In January she helped 500 families.

"I don't know if we will do it again next year.  I don't think we will survive. It's tough.  It's tough," she said. 

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