Naperville’s electric rates are consistent, they are consistently going up, not by a little, but by a lot. This is totally contrary to what the Naperville city council and specifically smart-meter ambassador John Krummen (running for city council re-election) said when city officials sold residents a bogus ‘promise’ that the installation of smart meters would save residents money. City officials were so confident that Naperville residents and businesses would save money, that they forced the installation of smart meters on the homes of residents who didn’t want them. City officials were so confident that they were right about saving money, they went as far as having residents hand-cuffed and arrested for refusing the forced installation. City officials were so confident they were right in doing so, that they bullied a resident into jail then into court. City officials were so confident they were right, that they spent a bundle of tax payer money to fight the battle in court, and try to pound the resident into submission with bullying tactics.The end result was that the City of Naperville lost the court case, and had to pay the resident a settlement costing taxpayers more lost dollars.
The bottom line is that not one Naperville resident or business has saved a nickel on electric rates using smart meters. In 2014 Naperville city officials increased electric rates by 6%, followed in 2015 with a 7% increase, then an 8.3% increase last year, and 3.6% this year and next year.
While Naperville is jacking up the rates in Naperville, ComEd has reduced electric rates to its customers. The Illinois Commerce Commission approved a $17.5 million ComEd rate cut effective April 1. Granted, it works out to about 50 cents less per month per customer, but given a choice between saving pennies with ComEd or paying more dollars per month with Naperville, the choice is clear.
In five days the voters have a choice to re-elect council members John Krummen and Judy Brodhead, both of whom supported the installation of smart meters, and both of whom supported electric rate increases or to just say “NO” to both Krummen and Brodhead; the choice is clear.