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Updated: 6/18/2013 10:48 pm
Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson stormed out during the utility board meeting on Tuesday.

Robertson said he was frustrated by a presentation from LP&L staff on feasibility of separating the billing for electricity and water. 

Chairman of the LP&L Board Gail Kring said the purpose of offering two separate billings is to make it easier for customers to pay.

"And it really bothered me in Tuesday's LP&L board meeting that they are presenting information to their board with a lot of suppositions in it," Robertson said. "When I asked the staff if they had visited with anybody from the city of Lubbock the answer was no. We are just making estimations. Well I don't think that board or any board can make good decisions based on estimations."

Mayor Robertson said separate billing and reshuffling staff could cost taxpayers an additional $2-to-5 million a year.
Kring said more research on the issue is needed.

The board also voted to approve a public comment period during its meetings.
The rules are similar to City Council's a thirty minute availability at the start of the meeting.
A citizen will have three minutes to address the board and the topic has to be related to an LP&L agenda item.
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Liberty Seeker - 6/18/2013 10:37 PM
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This way, if people pay for the electricity, but fall behind on payments of the hidden taxes, the electricity isn't disconnected. Just the water and 60 dollars in monthly municipal fees. If someone has a well, they won't even need municipal water and utility bill taxes. A politician that wants the municipal fees on the LP&L bills can storm out of the meeting, but it just shows his inflexibility and corruption, by his refusal to allow our citizens the freedom to choose.
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