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Cleveland Franchise Fee Effective April 1, 2019

Posted: March 1, 2019

Residential and commercial Habersham EMC members within the Cleveland city limits will see a slight increase on their bills effective April 1, 2019. This is due to the 4 percent City of Cleveland franchise fee.

A city charges utilities a franchise fee to use city streets and public ways to provide electric service to the residents and businesses within that city’s limits.

Franchise fees are negotiated between each city and utility. As an electric cooperative, HEMC adds these fees only to member accounts that are within the city’s limits. The new City of Cleveland franchise fee is 4 percent of the gross sales of electric energy.

If you are an affected member and have questions regarding the Cleveland franchise fee on your HEMC bill, please contact the City of Cleveland at (706) 865-2017.