LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council Members are expected to give final approval on a change to the city's water and sewer rate ordinance. They took the first step to ensure customers won't be over-charged Monday afternoon.
"We have motion to carry 6-1," Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin said. The vote comes after a NewsChannel 11's report uncovered that some customer's March water usage would be billed at the new, higher rate scheduled to take effect April 1st. We alerted you and city council members, who called Monday's special meeting to amend the rate change ordinance.
Council still has to approve a second reading of the change. It states that bills dated on or after May 1st would be calculated using the new higher rates. That would ensure March usage is not charged at the new rate. It also states bills already issued would be re-calculated and adjusted.
Lubbock City Council Woman Linda DeLeon is the only member to vote against the change. She says it's because she's been against raising rates all along. "I felt that if I voted in favor of this, that would mean that I support the water increases and the waste water increases, and I don't," DeLeon said.
The fiscal impact of this change is $639,417 for the water fund and $537,891 for the waste water fund. Council is expected to approve the second reading Thursday.
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