Council, LP&L discuss potential rate increases

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Updated: 4/01/2013 11:33 pm
City Council members met behind closed doors Monday morning in with Lubbock's Electric Utility Board. 

Among other things, the talks focused on potential customer rate increases. The Utility Board called for a rate increase last year, but Mayor Glen Robertson was against it at the time. He said now, he's open to options. 

"LP&L lost $3.2 million last year. A rate increase is going to be necessary," Robertson said. "So it was just a good discussion between the council, the board, and the rate consultants of where we need to go going forward. And do we need to do one large rate increase now or do we need to spread it out for the consumers over a three or four-year period?"

These discussions will continue in another meeting in two weeks. 
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Liberty Seeker - 4/1/2013 11:16 PM
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A previous closed door meeting caused elimination of LP&L's competition. I don't trust closed door meetings. Nor do I trust those who use them. Bring back a bona-fide choice of utility service providers, don't interfere (directly or indirectly) with the other company's business or operations, and I won't care what price the city charges. I will simply use the private provider. If you have a monopoly that lost a few million dollars, then eliminate salaries, beginning at the top, until the budget is balanced. In fact the municipal corporation should eliminate all salary & benefit packages above 5 digits, until it is out of debt.
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