City Council votes to reduce Atmos Energy rates, move forward on Civic Center Hotel

City Council votes to reduce Atmos Energy rates, move forward on Civic Center Hotel
Lubbock City Council (Source: KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock City Council had a busy night as they went over matters such as the Civic Center Hotel, a reduction in rates charged by Atmos Energy, and a motion to amend an ordinance that would allow golf carts to be registered for holiday parcel delivery, among other things. Citizens currently outside city limits also voiced their concerns about being annexed by the City of Lubbock.

In resolution 4.2, the City Council approved a resolution to authorize the Downtown TIF (Tax Increment Financing) to bring a Civic Center hotel to Lubbock using a public/private partnership authorized for the city by the last legislature.

The next resolution, 4.3, was a proposition by Atmos Energy Corporation to reduce customer rates. This comes as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which slashed corporate taxes from 35% to 21%. The resolution was approved by the City Council and will go into effect as soon as this month. On average, each Atmos Energy customer will see a $1.32 reduction per month.

The City Council voted 4-1 to amend Article 20.05 "Operation of Vehicles", Section 20.05.011 which allows the use of golf carts for holiday parcel delivery. This amendment, in conjunction with Texas state law, now requires the golf carts to have license plates issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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