KFP: Residents, elected officials organize to fight high light bills

by David Anderson
Kinston Free Press

Following the creed of the NAACP, about 70 Kinston residents got “fired up and ready to go” on Saturday, joining a multi-city effort to combat high electric bills.

Soul of the Citizen, a grass-roots group formed by a handful of Kinston residents fed up with current municipal electric rates, organized the community meeting, held Saturday morning in the auditorium of Rochelle Middle School.

“This ain’t complex; it’s supply and demand,” Donald Pollock, chairman of Soul of the Citizen, told the audience of children, adults and the elderly.

“Think about one day in April when you don’t have to use your electrical power,” he hinted. “(They) will listen.”

Soul of the Citizen held its first meeting last month, with about 70 people attending. During the meeting Saturday — which lasted for nearly two hours — the audience heard from Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy and Councilman Joe Tyson, New Bern Mayor Lee Bettis and Rocky Mount Councilman Andre Knight.

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