This Thursday, Lubbock City Council members will either vote to pass or delay a 9.7% increase in electric bills.
They say LP&L is losing money because they continue to sell electricity cheaper than they are buying it.
If that is true I don't have a problem with an increase to balance the books and still enjoy low rates.
Here's my problem: There are more than $44 million dollars of hidden taxes in Lubbock utility bills, and those hidden taxes have increased every year for a decade.
Don't take my word for it, those exact words came on this campaign mailer when Glenn Robertson was running for mayor. It also says that he is the only candidate that would not only work to stop increasing hidden fees, but immediately work to reduce them.
Now I'd like to see the results from that campaign - a campaign that got him elected. And as he enters the final year of his term, he may only have one more budget season to do it.
Because taxpayers are still being gouged with "hidden taxes," and it has nothing to do with the amount of electricity they use.
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