More Kentuckians Struggling To Pay Utility Bill

Kentucky's six major utility companies all say the number of people past due on their bills is up.

The number of people behind in the first quarter of the year is up 25% from last year.

The director of Community Action Kentucky says the numbers show that the more funds should be put towards low income energy assistance.

February of this year marked the first time that special funds in all 120 counties ran out of funds.


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  • by Jack Location: Pike County on Jul 9, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    Reality check people. We the people are cutting back on groceries, travel, medication, all to be able to afford gas. Where is the government that we pay taxes to support and what is it doing for us? We should not have to decide between groceries and gas, this is a disgrace and we are stupid for doing it.
  • by check Location: drawer on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:19 PM
    im gald I get a check ever month but I really think we drawers need a raise cause ever things going up but the checks thats why I ride my ATV to the store i cant afford gas in my truck
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Jul 8, 2008 at 12:10 PM
    Just wait until this winter when ku is talking about raising everyones bill 20 dollars a month. Around January or February of 2009. How can people be so cruel to not even care that their are people out there suffering from all of this. That can't afford to pay bills.Some probably can't even afford to buy grocceries.
  • by terri Location: east ky on Jul 8, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    Let's take a look when Bush was elected gas was $1.47 ---DON'T BLAME ME I HAVE NEVER VOTED FOR A REPUBLICAN, BUT IF YOU WANT 4 MORE YEARS OF MC BUSH JUST VOTE FOR THEM AGAIN AND GAS WILL BE $10.00 PER GALLON.
  • by Me Location: Jackson Co on Jul 8, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    I agree with most of the comments here. It's a no-brainer that we're going to have to pay more for utilities too. You have to learn to budget. Pay for your needs first - then if there is anything left over you can buy your "wants" or luxury items. And, needs don't include vacations, gambling (lottery tickets), going to movies (or any entertainment) or even eating out in restaurants or taking home fast foods. It's amazing how many people never cook, and many don't even know how. If they're willing to learn they could save alot of money and be healthier too! Before your power or water gets turned off, call and have your cable/satellite disconnected for awhile. What good is it if you don't have electric anyway? Is a cell phone more important than your home (mortgage payment/rent), especially when you already have a phone in that home?
  • by Rachel on Jul 7, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    Of course there are more people behind. Look at the price of gas which in turn raises the price of energy. The electric companies have to charge more for the bill to cover the cost of the gas prices and then get approval to raise the bill more.
  • by Valerie Location: Auxier on Jul 7, 2008 at 01:31 PM
    more and more people are having to sell half or all of their prescriptions to pay for utilities and food.
  • by Reality Location: Kentucky on Jul 7, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    Same story, except in different form, that has been running forever. Some advise - slow down on the cigarettes, beer, cola, and twinkies.
  • by me Location: richmond on Jul 7, 2008 at 09:01 AM
    Are we really surprised that this is happening??? Come on people, the price of everything goes up except for peoples paychecks. This is bound to happen. It's a choice, either buy medicine, food, gas for the car or pay a bill ???? Some bills have to get behind just so we can put gas in our car.

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