February 12, 2016

Utility board purchases KCPL customers

Mark Taylor
The Gardner Electric Utility Board voted April 5 to spend $188,056 to purchase several electric customers from KCPL.
The 10 properties consist of KCPL customers who were annexed into Gardner city limits in recent years.
The properties will generate a net annual revenue of $33,079, making the payoff about five years.
“Our goal is to serve every electric customer eventually within the city limits,” said Bill Krawczyk, electric utility director.
There are 27 customers within city limits currently served by KCPL.
Most are commercial properties located on the north and south ends of Center Street.
The Electric Utility’s 2012 budget includes $150,000 for the purchase, which is overseen by the Kansas Corporation Commission.
Krawczyk said the balance will come from “other line items or multiple line items” in the budget.
The KCC requires utilities that purchase customers from other utilities to pay twice the annual revenue generated by those customers plus reimbursement for or purchase of existing equipment or removal.
The board will consider purchasing the remaining 17 customers at a later date.


  1. Judith Rogers says:

    And do business/commercial entities pay the same electric rates as homeowners????

  2. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:
  3. Judith Rogers says:

    Why are these entities who want to be serviced by Gardner Electric not paying these acquistion fees? There has to be a reason they want to switch from KCPL to Gardner Electric so I would say let them pay these acquistion charges. Evidently Gardner Electric is charging higher rates than necessary to have the money to pay for these acquistion charges plus have a hefty reserve of $1 MILLION. When are homeowner electric rates going to be reduced instead of being constantly increased? Who are you working for Gardner Electric Board??? I know who the Dictator and his appointees of Freeman, Harrison, Broxterman, Schultz, Beasley, etc., etc. are working for and who is the big ATM machine.

  4. Judith Rogers says:

    Will the BPU be working for you, the average citizen and is your present Electric Board working for you, the average citizen???? Guess it all depends on the choices the members of either group make and you better be ready and able to read through all of the propaganda and know the track record of those involved on either Board….that is my opinion. Be very familiar with the words, actions, inaction and voting records of those individuals on those boards and know what is motivating them – do your own research and most of all LISTEN…………..if you don’t listen and ask lots of questions, you are dead in the water along with higher costs to you while you are called upon to take care of the takers. Know what your actual role is and whether it is acceptable to you. People can only take advantage of you if you allow it. KNOW THE PROXIMATE CAUSE OF YOUR PROBLEMS.

  5. nonamer says:

    Talking to yourself, eh, SWOTI?

    Imagine, GN finally locking down their forum to give you an entire weekend to post…and the above posts are all you have to say.

  6. ThePatriot says:

    Mr. Kellogg. Thank you for posting the facts and nothing but the facts.

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