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.