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Marlboro Files Motion to Intervene in Proposed JCP&L Rate Hike Hearings

JCP&L is seeking a $31 million rate hike in relation to Hurricane Irene damages.

JCP&L is still looking to pay for Hurricane Irene damages and clean-up, to the tune of $31 million.

Since Irene, New Jersey has suffered a larger hurricane and a nor'easter. At one point during Hurricane Sandy this year, the entirety of Marlboro was without power.

But rate hikes due to this year's disasters will have to wait, according to the utility company.

Marlboro Township filed a motion to in intervene the rate hike on Nov. 7, a legal step that allows the township to throw its hat into the ring as the Board of Public Utilities decides whether the rate hike is justified.

"I feel like we have to have a seat at the table," Mayor Jon Hornik said.

A motion to intervene allows Marlboro Township a voice in the debates, and the township looks to prove why the proposed rate hikes are not justified.

Marlboro is the first township on record to file a motion to intervene this rate hike in New Jersey.

"I encourage other municipalities to do the same," Hornik said. "JCP&L's performance is not acceptable, and we are going to see what we can do about it."

cynicinmarlboro December 08, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Great idea. I just hope other towns follow suit so that we can pool legal fees. I would hate for us to be the only ones in the suit that might benefit everyone. We don't need the additional legal fees to be on our heads alone.
Christina Fern December 08, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Howell should jump in too. My 85 year old dad continues to lose power on a regular basis. How can they get a raise when the level of service is so poor? Certainly wouldn't happen in the private sector. Fight the good fight Mayor Hornik!!!
P. Gupta December 10, 2012 at 04:04 PM
My understanding is that the Governor is already handling this and Marlbor is included in this effort. Can someone verify this? If this is true, then are we wasting more money for having to the decotis lawyers to handle this or is the mayor's law firm doing this at no cost the taxpayers? Seems like this may be an act of grandstanding unless Christie isn't doing anything to help us. Thanks for any information that you can provide.

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