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City Council rejects LP&L compromise on street lights

By Katie Bauer | email and James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday the Lubbock City Council rejected a possible compromise with its own Electric Utility Board by approving the final city budget "as-is" without making changes.   In a 5 to 2 vote, it was decided Lubbock Power & Light will pay for both electricity and maintenance on city street lights, estimated to be around $3 million dollars. 

LP&L board members voted in favor of a possible compromise Wednesday, which consisted of LP&L transferring $3 million cash rather than having street lights show up as a $3 million "expense" on the electric utility budget.  Sources at LP&L who wish to not be named publicly say having it show up as an expense is deceptive. 

Mayor tom martin says he will be appointing a few of the council members to meet with select LP&L board members to discuss the situation going forward.  Just like during the first reading of the budget two weeks ago, the mayor and Councilman Paul Beane were the two that voted against the budget. 

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