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Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Two Ocala residents discuss impact of rising costs on local seniors

In response to several recent letters that voiced concerns on rising electric costs in Ocala/Marion County, two local residents wrote in to Ocala-News.com to share their thoughts on the topic.

“I am having a hard time with everything going up too. My electric bill went up so much that it’s higher than my mortgage payment each month, and food cost has doubled too. A loaf of bread, milk, and eggs are almost $15 at Publix. How do they expect seniors living on Social Security only to pay these high bills? Cable and gas have also doubled. Why can’t we get a senior discount on these bills so we can try to buy healthy food? I live on TV dinners and sandwiches because I can’t afford meat or anything extra. Hopefully the mayor and city council members can help us. They bring immigrants from other countries instead of helping their own communities and seniors here in Ocala, Florida,” says Beverly DeMarco, Ocala resident.

“I live in a 55-plus mobile home park and there are residents that are at the point where they have to find somewhere else to live because of the electric cost going up, for some reason. They always have something to increase it. Social security does not go far when that is all you have for an income. The world is in bad shape and will never get back to normal if this keeps happening, or if something or someone doesn’t step up and stop these increases on everything,” says Ocala resident Francis Milner.