Bill introduced to exempt houses of worship from gas fees
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut legislator has introduced a bill to waive demand fees that churches and other houses of worship pay for natural gas.
The Republican-American reports that the bill would make facilities with rooms that occupy 25 percent of the total square footage and are used one day a week or not more than 200 hours a year exempt from the fee, applied for spikes in usage.
Republican Rep. Arthur O'Neill, of Southbury, says churches operate on thin margins, and most hold services once a week during nonpeak hours for gas usage.
Rabbi Eric Polokoff says synagogue B'nai Israel in Southbury paid nearly $6,000 in demand fees last year.
An Eversource spokesman says while the utility is still reviewing the bill, it is aware of proposals that may shift costs to other customers.
Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com