New Orleans council to decide Entergy hike for Algiers customers

New Orleans city council members are weighing whether to approve a rate hike for Entergy customers in the Algiers community on the westbank of New Orleans.

Entergy says that area has gone years without a rate hike and now is the time.

Entergy Louisiana which serves Algiers is seeking a rate hike of 31 percent to be spread over four years.

Entergy says the last time electric rates for Algiers were raised was in 1986.

Entergy initially wanted to raise rates by $12.9 million but the council demanded much lower, and now the proposed rate hike is $9.3 million.

But people in Algiers say this has just been sprung on them and affordability is a big issue.

More than 22,000 people in Algiers would be affected.

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