The cold reality of what the effects of the recently skyrocketing prices of natural gas could mean to the average homeowner was the main topic of Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Auburn city council.

The board’s guests via Zoom for the gas rate discussion included Lindsey Enloe, the president of Utility Safety & Design, Inc. and State Representative Mike Murphy. Enloe outlined how the current situation in the gas market came about and made it clear that the warnings local municipalities began sending to residents last week about reducing their usage should be taken very seriously.

Enloe said he could only estimate the increase local natural gas customers might see in upcoming utility bills, but said an amount seven to ten times normal would not be unexpected.

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