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Proposed ordinance aims to ease utility bills in Owensboro

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

A couple of newly proposed ordinances in Owensboro aim to ease utility bills for the poor.

One ordinance would lower utility rates to OMU electric customers by 5% starting in July.

We're told OMU could afford to lower rates if the city gave back the multi-million dollar payment OMU makes to the city every year.

The city commission could make up for the lost revenue sent back to OMU by raising the occupational tax. That's an income tax paid by people who work in the city.

It's a tax on their gross income - the amount earned before any other taxes are taken out.

“I think this more evenly distributes who should be paying this tax,” said Owensboro resident James Kamuf. “It's much more straight forward about supporting the city of Owensboro, letting OMU survive on its own finances.”

The first reading was on Tuesday.

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