On Monday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the latest developments in the ongoing LP&L rate increase dispute.

Many citizens in Lubbock are still angry over a huge increase in their latest bills from LP&L; some are even meeting in front of the LP&L building today to protest.  Robertson explained that a combination of a rate increase, a computer error, and LP&L recouping on fuel costs resulted in the excessively high electric bills for the month of June. The utility board is scheduled to meet this afternoon to discuss how to rectify the situation, and Robertson said he is hopeful that the board can come up with some kind of relief for its customers.

"I think you'll see this board try to take action, I really do. This is a good board, it's full of a bunch of good people, I hope you will see them take action this afternoon...I think what we'll see is some sort of change in the rate for the next couple of months, which is what we need to do. Whether it's just going back to the winter rate or whatever it is, I think we'll see a little bit of relief for the consumers."

Robertson also added that the recent rate increase is only the first part of a scheduled 4-part rate increase for LP&L is order to regain about $3.2 million in lost funds form last year. However, the first increase was not scheduled to go into effect until October 1st of this year. Robertson believes a member of the LP&L staff changed the increase form October to June, and said he was "disturbed" that someone would change the rate increase like this without the recommendation of the board.

You can listen to Mayor Glen Robertson Friday mornings from 7 AM to 8 AM after every city council meeting on Lubbock's First News, only on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com.