Town Of Springfield
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Springfield Town Council Approves Electric Utility Rebate
At its November Council meeting, the Springfield Town Council approved an electric utility rebate of $50.00 for its customers. This rebate will be applied to the primary residence or business account. The rebate was made possible by a payment Springfield received from a lawsuit settlement between the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA), the City of Trinidad, and Syncora Guarantee the bond insurer for ARPA.
The settlement resulted in litigation being dismissed between the three parties and included a one-time payment from Syncora Guarantee to ARPA members. Springfield’s share of the payment was a little over $94,000.
Dusty Turner, Springfield mayor said “We have not seen an increase in our electric rates over the past few years and the council is passing this rebate on to the customers. We decided a rebate from this settlement payment was fitting and timely. “This rebate will be applied to the November bill. Mayor Turner went on to say “despite the rising cost of operations our electric department and council have worked hard to keep our rates competitive with the neighboring utilities. The recent rate survey from the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities showed that Springfield residential rates are among the lowest of the ARPA communities and lower than the local REA.”
Springfield is one of six members who are served wholesale power supply by the Arkansas River Power Authority. The other Colorado communities that are ARPA members are Holly, Las Animas, La Junta, Lamar, and Trinidad.
We have been alerted that scam artists are targeting electric utility customers throughout the United States. Often these scammers threaten the individual by telling them to “Pay up or else”. Springfield Municipal Utilities does not call individuals to collect payment by phone. We will personally come to your address if you are behind on your utility payment. Our employees wear uniforms with the Town of Springfield emblem and their name.
Tips for utility customers:
• If someone calls threatening to cut off your power if you don’t pay, don’t give them any information. This is a scam. Springfield Municipal Utilities will not call to collect payment by phone nor do we accept debit or credit cards.
• Call your utility to report the scam and to check on your account. Springfield Municipal Utilities is here to help you through any type of payment issue. We will never use aggressive or threatening tactics.
• Try to get as much information as possible then contact the police at 719-523-6241
• NEVER give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller.
It’s that time of year again, Blackout Bingo, the free movie, Christmas Lighting Ceremony and Santa Claus. All of these events will be held on Friday, November 28th, 2014. Blackout Bingo cards can be picked up at Everitt-Moore Home Center starting at 7:00 a.m. These cards must be returned to the Chamber at the Christmas lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. to be eligible for the prize drawing. The “Free Movie” will start at 3:00 p.m. and the movie will be “How to Train Your Dragon II”. Santa will arrive after the movie to hand out sacks of candy. Following up will be the Christmas Lighting Ceremony at the Baca County Courthouse. The Methodist Church Choir will be singing Christmas Carols. The Chamber will be giving away hams and turkeys and the Bingo prizes after the Caroling. Mark your calendars for a fun filled day!