Mayor Glen Robertson Says Council And LP&L Refuse To Admit They Made A Mistake On Raising Rates [AUDIO]
On Wednesday's edition of Lubbock's First News, Mayor Glen Robertson talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the decisions made at last night's city council meeting.
At last night's special meeting, the council voted 5-2 not to rescind the LP&L rate increase. Robertson and Mayor Pro Temp Karen Gibson were the only votes in favor of rescinding rates. Robertson said that while a rate increase was needed, he still believes the increase was put into place too early. He added that nobody on either the council or LP&L is willing to admit they made a mistake.
"Quite frankly, I think where we're at now is that nobody wants to admit we made a mistake, correct the mistake and do what's right by the consumers. We're going to justify and continue to justify our mistakes. But realistically, where we're at now is the council voted 5-2 to take zero action last night. So we're going to just have to go down the road and make the best of a bad situation."
Robertson went on to say the rate increase will remain in effect, and that there are still more increase scheduled in the future. Robertson also said that, while he agreed that LP&L and the utility board did not have the best representatives speaking for them at last night's meeting, it's not all the board's fault. He said the city council was also at fault for voting to raise the rates.
Robertson added that now the focus will turn to LP&L's budget and looking at ways spending can be cut from the budget. The budget review session will be held Thursday.
Listen to the full interview with Robertson here:
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Mayor Glen Robertson appears Friday mornings after every regular city council meeting from 7 AM to 8 AM during Lubbock's First News, only on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com