Robertson only dissenter on LP&L rate increase

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Updated: 5/11/2013 4:28 am
The Lubbock City Council approved a rate hike of almost ten percent at Thursday's meeting.  The increase takes effect June 1st and will come to a seven to ten dollar bump per month for the average household.

After a loss of more than three million dollars last year, the utility board said the 9.7 percent hike is necessary.

Mayor Glen Robertson cast the only against the increase. Robertson said with a water rate increase just taking hold, he wanted to move the electric rate increase to the start of the new fiscal year which begins in October.

"We gave them pretty much a six months lead time on the water and they knew it was coming, Robertson said. "This was just kind of like 'Bam it's coming. Your rates going up next month.' So they haven't had time to budget. I'm very concerned about fixed income, low income, the effect this is going to have on them. So I cannot vote for a rate increase to be effective June one. It still shocks me that the LP&L board and this council went against the recommendations of the rate consultant."

Utility board chairman Gail Kring said waiting past June first could cause LP&L's bond rating to downgrade, hence the need to raise the rate in a mere three week.

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Liberty Seeker - 5/11/2013 12:59 AM
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If the higher rate goes into effect June 1st, are they going to retrodate the charge to electricity consumed BEFORE June 1st? Isn't officially charging a new price for something that was consumed before the change a violation of ex post facto (after the fact). By terms of the U.S. constitution, violation of ex post facto is a violation, and could escalate into the city charter becoming invalidated. I will forward the date of the vote, the effective date of price elected by the governing authority, and the price charged for May consumption, before the effective date of the government increased price. If the city charges anyone for consumption, for electricity at a rate that had an effective increase in price before they created the edict of higher price, the economic terrorists will need federal relocation, and every city file will need to be seized until the city is cleared on a court of law.
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