Councilman questions legality of LP&L budget - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Councilman questions legality of LP&L budget

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Is the Lubbock Power & Light budget done legally and properly? That's the question City Councilman Victor Hernandez is raising and he wants the city to hire an outside law firm to get to the bottom of it.

Hernandez says the charter election of 2004 creates something of a problem - although not in so many words. To quote the Councilman more precisely, he says, "Does LP&L have the authority … to manage/develop its own budget?"

He says voters approved splitting off LP&L with a separate board. But he also says state law does not let the Council give away the budgeting authority for LP&L.

Since the charter election, City Council still gives final approval to the budget. But Hernandez wonders if the LP&L board even has the authority under state law to draft a budget or recommend rates.

Hernandez says he has not made up his mind one way or the other.  He simply thinks there is a conflict and it needs to be studied and resolved.

The issue comes up at Thursday's city council meeting.

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