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CINCINNATI - Dozens of Duke Energy customers sounded off at a meeting Tuesday night concerning the company's new rate increase proposal.

The meeting took place at the Fairfield Township administration building and was the first in a series of public hearings on the proposal.

The rate hike would increase customers' gas bills by $10.25 a month and electric bills by $6.50 a month. Duke wants to use some of the money to clean up old gas plant sites.

"What we've asked for is for the commission to rule on monies that we've already spent on improving our infrastructure in the state of Ohio to get our energy out to our customers. It's what we call a distribution rate case, one that we haven't had in in the state of Ohio since 2007," said Duke Energy spokesperson Sally Thelen.

Duke says the current rate hike proposal does not include money for the street car. The city and Duke are debating in court who pays for moving utilities. Duke has asked the PUCO for permission to charge Cincinnati for moving the lines.

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