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Council Approves Cable Hike

Board Of Public Utilities
Board Of Public Utilities

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It wasn’t unanimous, but the Coldwater City Council last night approved an increase for certain Coldwater Board of Public Utility cable TV rates. It was a 7-to-2 vote in favor of the rate hikes which impact the expanded basic service tier, where customers will be paying nearly eight dollars a month more beginning June First.

Coldwater B-P-U Director Paul Beckhusen said the rate adjustments are necessary to offset ongoing higher programming costs. Beckhusen said there’s no margin left to breakeven without alternatives to cover the costs other than to pass them along to customers and it’s required to meet debt service obligations. Councilwoman Maureen Petzko said the BPU needs to take a hard look at where the utility is headed with cable TV. Petzko said the utility needs better planning because coming back every nine months or a year later asking the public to pay more with their choice of programming staying the same is just not good enough.