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April 16, 2014

MVTHS eyes high gas bill

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On the one hand, MVTHS had a 25 percent increase in gas usage that month because of the extremely cold weather. Also, gas prices were two-and-a-half to three times higher during that time period.

“When you put those things together, we had a significant spike in our gas bill,” Smith said.

According to an AGE report, the high school used 32,265 therms of natural gas from Feb. 2 to Feb. 28, at an average rate of $0.899 per therm. This resulted in a supply bill for that month of $29,002.

Beck expressed frustration about the high gas bill at Monday’s Finance Committee meeting, saying the whole point of switching to a new provider was to save money.

“It blows my mind,” Beck said.

MVTHS officials have requested that an AGE representative attend next week’s school board meeting to explain the high bill. This meeting will take place at 7 p.m. April 21.

The school district’s gas bill for March may be on the high side as well, Smith said.

However, moving forward, school officials hope to avoid a similar situation in the future now that the district has a fixed rate contract with Constellation, he said.

“It was one of the worst winters on record, (with) record usage by all consumers,” Smith said. “It just so happened this is the same time the district was in the process of changing providers.”

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