I have always been an advocate for keeping our city-owned electric company's business separate from city hall's business. especially now that they are a monopoly.
The idea of a private board having control over the money has more than proven to be successful over the years.
Recently that control has been questioned by newly-elected officials. For the record, that is not what the people said they wanted.
But something else happened at this week's LP&L meeting that I think is healthy. The board discussed the possibility of, and I quote the agenda, "separating the LP&L business office between the various city utilities and separating the utility bills."
In other words, separate water and power bills.
Although the whole idea of separate water and utility departments makes some elected and administrative officials uncomfortable, I think the discussion is long overdue and I applaud the board for opening the dialogue.
I've advocated for this for years for many reasons. It would bring more transparency to the hidden fees on our bill that have nothing to do with electricity or water, and it would help stave off political interests from increasing those fees.
So let's keep the discussion going. It may cost taxpayers more initially to get it done, but in the long run, separate bills and separate departments will protect us from the people who gouge us every year with hidden fees.
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