Lake Worth Beach residents are concerned about the recent spike in utility bills

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — A petition is gaining momentum in the Lake Worth Beach community, urging the city to provide more explanations about the recent surge in utility bills.

Lake Worth Beach business owner Lisa Owens said utility bills for her and her colleagues have increased significantly.

“We both saw the raise go up $100, which I think is a lot, especially when they’ve increased rents here,” Owens said. “So we’re a little concerned because I don’t know why it had to go so high, it’s just too much.”

A spokesman for Lake Worth Beach said the city increased residents’ “electricity cost adjustment” rates by 16.25% in September. The spokesman said the jump was a direct result of natural gas prices having quadrupled.

Paul Kludt owns Lake Worth Coin Laundry and told WPTV he’s doing everything he can to not pass on the additional costs to his customers.

“We probably raised prices by 10-15%,” Kludt said. “We’re a laundry mat, we can’t raise it that much because people just can’t pay $10 to wash their clothes. So that’s just one of those things that we need to absorb these increases as best we can. We can somehow weather the storm and hope prices come back down.”

The city said it has the ability to adjust the PCA on a quarterly basis. Thus, if natural gas prices stabilize, which the city already sees trending down in future markets, the city will adjust the customer’s bill in the short term.

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