Residents angry over utility bills, ask about ‘dissolving’ Nevada city

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Residents of Caliente, Nevada, are so fed up with high utility bills they are asking questions about dissolving the city government.

At a Jan. 18 meeting, an hourlong discussion of the situation ended with city representatives saying they would provide a detailed list of pros and cons to disincorporating the city of Caliente, according to accounts online.

Caliente is a city of just under 1,000 residents in Lincoln County. It’s about 150 miles north of Las Vegas via U.S. 93. Residents are closer to Cedar City, Utah, than Las Vegas.

One resident who shared her opinion in a Facebook group called “lincoln county rants,raves and news!!” said she is already living in the dark, using the TV, computer and fish tank for light in the house. That post was met with sympathy and a call for an explanation from the city.

County Commissioner Diane Path said there were about 30 to 35 people at the meeting, and only a few people were asking about disincorporation. Caliente is in her district. People are mostly concerned about charges for electricity, she said.

Path said Caliente’s city manager is going to conduct a class to inform people about their bills. She said water, sewer and electric are combined in their bills.

The Lincoln County Record covered the meeting and posted a story, but details were unavailable because of a paywall on the website.

When your utility bill comes from the city, it’s easy to see why hostility might be directed there. But if the city government is gone, won’t there still be a power bill?

An online account said the majority of council input reflected the opinion that dissolving the city would not save residents money. The power company and the rates would remain the same.

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