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Dori: Seattle City Light customers, check your payment history

Seattle City Light is being sued over massive electricity bills.

A Seattle law firm is suing Seattle City Light, for using inaccurate estimates instead of taking readings. Customers ended up with electric bills as high as $1,000.

This is a case of taxation without representation for everyone who does not live in Seattle, but is still a Seattle City Light customer, like me. Their service area includes not just Seattle, but Burien, Normandy Park, SeaTac, Tukwila, Renton, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, and parts of unincorporated King County.

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Those of us who live in those suburbs did not get a vote in who goes on the Seattle City Council, but we must still pay our hard-earned dollars to this Seattle agency.

When I heard about this lawsuit, I looked up my City Light payment history for the last year. The bills run in two-month cycles.

In August, my bill was $559. In June, it was $600. April was $628.

February was $1,017. For electricity.

Back then, one of our kids was living at home, but I highly doubt that was the difference. This doesn’t make any sense to me. We don’t even have electric heat — we have natural gas. I like watching a little TV at night, sure, but that can’t be it.

You can bet that I will be checking with this attorney who is suing Seattle City Light. In fact, I suggest that everybody go over their bills really carefully. I’m going to see if they are indeed estimating my bill inaccurately.

I always get those mailers that say things like, “Your electricity usage is higher than 92 percent of your neighbors.” I always thought that sounded off, but now I’m convinced that information is false.

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