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Letter to the editor: New rate proposals from Minnesota Power not fair

How many of you have read the notice of public hearings sent to Minnesota Power customers showing the effect of rate changes? The "residential" classification shows the previous monthly costs' typical bill as $55, with a proposed final monthly in...

How many of you have read the notice of public hearings sent to Minnesota Power customers showing the effect of rate changes?

The "residential" classification shows the previous monthly costs' typical bill as $55, with a proposed final monthly increase of $16.

That is a 29.09 percent increase.

Including state and local sales taxes and the city franchise tax -- which total 8.69 percent -- adds another $1.39 to the $16 monthly increase.

This is a horrendous increase, even when phased in over three years.

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I find it interesting that the "large power" classification will only have a 3.25 percent monthly increase.

Ted Chura

Duluth

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