Century Considers New Franchise Fees And Agreements With Gulf Power and EREC

July 1, 2020

The Town of Century is considering new franchise fee agreements with Gulf Power and Escambia River Electric Cooperative.

In 1994, the franchise fees for both utilities were increased from 3% to 5%, and now in 2020 the council can legally raise the fee to as much as 6%.

While the franchise fee is technically charged to the utility, both Gulf Power and EREC tell NorthEscambia.com that they pass the full cost of the fee on to their customers.

The town council held a workshop this week on the franchise fees. The council will be required to approve the franchise agreements at a future meeting.


8 Responses to “Century Considers New Franchise Fees And Agreements With Gulf Power and EREC”

  1. M in Bratt on July 1st, 2020 10:58 pm

    Century is in the books as having the poorest citizens of any incorporated town in The State of Florida. The idiots running it now busy themselves trying to squeeze a few more nickles out of the people that can afford it the least. With all the shenanigans that this bunch of clowns have pulled, Why in the world hasn’t the Attorney General or the Governor stepped up and closed the book on Century, or throw the book at the crooks the run it?

  2. William Reynolds on July 1st, 2020 4:46 pm

    “Its too bad that Gulf Power and EREC can’t just cut
    the lines with Century and let Century find its own power.”

    Century could form their own city electric company, except the franchise agreement will forbid that.

  3. mat on July 1st, 2020 3:50 pm

    Its too bad that Gulf Power and EREC can’t just cut
    the lines with Century and let Century find its own power.

  4. Will on July 1st, 2020 11:25 am

    Those fees will not be paid with EBT cards either city managers
    So dont get too excited
    You has a loong standing bad reputation on ethics and fiscal responsibilities
    The whole world knows this

  5. retired on July 1st, 2020 9:56 am

    How do you expect the City Of Century to make their loans, give free gas, ETC.

  6. fisherman on July 1st, 2020 8:25 am

    These people can’t handle the money they have or get now. This is so stupid they know that this increase will be passed on to the consume. They are so inept I will be contacting the Governors office once again. If the Governor does’t do something soon none of the politicians running for office in Florida won’t get my vote.I’ll vote to remove them.

  7. Oversight on July 1st, 2020 8:02 am

    Century has realized another revenue stream, and will take full advantage of it as local government fills the coffers on the backs of its citizens. Call these fees by their true name which is a tax. We all pay them on every service we purchase, whether the service is a need or want. And most services are necessities which makes these fees legal theft. Take a look at the fees you pay on each bill; natural gas, electricity, garbage, cellular or land line telephone, internet,… The list can go on, and these fees in many instances are higher than sales tax rates.

  8. sam on July 1st, 2020 7:07 am

    and guess who gets to pay that fee? says it right in the article. that on top of raising the utility bills. the good news just keeps on coming.

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