by: Jim Strickland Updated:
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A local gas marketer is trying to drum up business using DeKalb County's stationery, reported Channel 2 consumer investigator Jim Strickland.
Tens of thousands of residents will receive in the mail a discount offer of 2 cents per therm from Gas South. The takers are eligible whether they are signing up for new service or are current customers.
The utility and the county say the arrangement is a partnership but residents contacting Channel 2 Action News saw red flags.
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"They're getting a vehicle. People are actually going to open the envelope and read the paper," said county spokesperson Burke Brennan.
"It made a difference that it said DeKalb County on
"Very specifically," replied Belle Isle, who said he thought the envelope may contain a tax document.
"Some people have a natural suspicion about their government and the exchange is a healthy one," said Brennan.
"People want to see what DeKalb County is doing, and maybe that's why more people are taking notice of it,"
Public Service Commissioner Chuck Eaton was among the suspicious, after Strickland showed him the mailing. It was Eaton's first time seeing it..
"I don't know the law on this, but I would think to have a county favoring one marketer would be an issue," he said.
Gas South says 10 local cities and a half dozen EMC utilities are getting the same break. The cities have earned less than $700,000 since the program began four years ago.