By Ashley Rader
Elizabethton’s City Council approved an electricity rate increase from the Tennessee Valley Authority during a special called meeting Thursday afternoon.
TVA had earlier announced that all rate classes would increase by 2.63 percent effective Oct. 1. Customers of the Elizabethton Electric Department will see an average increase of 1.5 percent of their entire electric bill.
Mayor Curt Alexander expressed his frustration with the TVA for another rate increase.
“TVA stays true to their business practice,” Alexander said. “They want you to save electricity but when you do, they penalize you by raising rates because you aren’t using enough electricity. I’ll bet you, you can mark my word, this time in a couple of weeks they will announce more bonuses for their executives. It is just unbelievable.”