City Hall in Syracuse is hopping mad with plans by National Grid to raise it's electric rates by 17 percent.
The Mayor and the Common Council have sent a letter to the Public Service Commission urging them to reject National Grid's proposed rate hike. Customers would be hit with a 17 percent hike in their electric rates and a 20 percent hike for their natural gas customers.
City hall says the average homeowner in Syracuse would have to pay an additional 180 dollars a year for their electricity. City hall claims that folks living below the poverty line in Syracuse spend more than 25 percent of their income on utility bills already. Even worse, the rate hike would cost the city an estimated 750 thousand dollars in the first year alone.