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Traverse City Light and Power to Vote on Reducing Charitable Contribution

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A local company is voting on reducing contributions to those in need of home heating assistance.

Traverse City Light and Power charges $5.00 every time they have to issue a shut-off notice for electricity ratepayers.

For the past three years, 100% of that profit went to four different charities that help those in need of home heating assistance.

Today they are scheduled to vote to keep this policy, or change it back to their previous policy of keeping half the money generated by the shut-off fees.

Utility board chairman, Pat McGuire says he knows "the economy is not at 100 percent," but thinks returning to the previous policy "makes sense."

Traverse City Light and Power donated more than $64,000 to charities under their current policy.