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Iowans Set Record for Overdue Utility Bills in December

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The head of the state's energy assistance program said Iowans are struggling earlier in the year with past-due utility bills.

The Des Moines Register reports Iowans owed a record $34.9 million dollars on their utility bills in December. That's nearly 21 percent more than a year ago.

Jerry McKim, head of the low-income home energy assistance program called LiHeap, attributes the over-due bills to higher energy costs and a still slow economic recovery.

McKim said he expects to see many more Iowans signing up for the program in the coming months. He said the toughest months for paying utility bills are typically January, February and March.

About 60,296 households have signed up, said McKim, about even with last year.

Families struggling with their energy bills can contact their local community action agency for assistance or McKim at 515-281-0859.

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