State officials are continuing to keep a close eye on the price of propane. Tight supplies and high demand due to the frigid winter sent prices sky-high this winter, with some people in West Michigan being charged as much as $8 a gallon earlier this year. Attorney General Bill Schuette is warning propane suppliers not to take advantage of their customers, especially those who are coming off of contracts with prices locked in at levels far below current prices. The statewide average according to Schuette's office for propane is now around $3.20 a gallon, over a dollar per gallon more than the same time last year and just four months ago in December. Under the Michigan Consumer Protection Act, a retailer may not charge a price that is "grossly in excess of the price at which similar property or services are sold." The Consumer Protection Act also prohibits other conduct that tends to mislead or deceive the consumer in relation to material aspects of the transaction in question. If you think you're being gouged, Schuette encourages you to contact his office in Lansing at 877-765-8388 or file a complaint online through his website at michigan.gov/ag.
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