To the Editor:
Light Board Chair Patrick Cannon’s remarks defending the Light Board’s rate increase to offset the cost of renting backup generators were off the mark.
Homeowners who have invested thousands of dollars installing backup home generators should not be asked to pay this rate increase for town backup generators. Saving a little money on fuel does not mitigate the substantial investment made by those of us who installed home generators. Furthermore, for Chair Cannon to say it “would be too difficult” to exempt the approximately 400 ratepayers is disingenuous.
Every year the town of Hull’s Sewer Commission asks customers to self-certify readings on their secondary water meters. So, it would be just as easy for the Light Board to establish a similar procedure, especially since Patrick Cannon, as the town’s electrical inspector, knows which homeowners have pulled permits to install these generators.
Therefore, we respectfully request that the Hull Light Board reconsider its decision not to exempt homeowners with backup generators from this rate increase.
Camellia and Gary Bloch