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Residents protest electric rates, bills at Camden City Council meeting
City Council - Carrie Johnson
Carrie Johnson (far right) pauses at the podium after asking fellow residents to stand up in protest of increased electric bills during Tuesday’s Camden City Council meeting. Residents filled the chamber to express their displeasure with a 10 percent base rate increase and approximately 5-cent per kilowatt hour surcharge that saw bills increase dramatically this month. (Martin L. Cahn/C-I)
An angry crowd of more than 100 citizens filled Camden City Council’s chambers Tuesday, with some standing in the hallway, all there to express their concerns about a recent increase in what the city charges for electricity. Residents said they were blindsided by what they considered a dramatic increase in their July electricity bills, with several telling council their July bills were nearly double their normal amounts.