Nov 18, 2009 8:02 AM by Jim Hummel
LUS Director Terry Huval made his pitch to increase utility rates at a public hearing Tuesday. With low fuel prices, Huval says it's an opportune time to raise rates.
"No one, including myself wants these rates to go up, but we have to do what we have to do," Huval said.
Revenue generated from the increases would go toward funding upgrades to electric, water and sewer systems.
Huval says despite the rate increases, most customers should not see much of a difference on their monthly utility bill, but Lafayette resident George Bentley is skeptical. With a down economy, Bentley fears how the rate hikes could affect the community.
"I'm someone who has reasonable means, it's not something that will get me down, but I can see where it would affect a lot of people," Bentley said.
Louis Kellogg disagrees, and thinks the council ought to vote for the rate hike and consider it an investment, especially while fuel prices are low.
"Oh it's a worthwhile deal, we have to have these improvements in Lafayette or we're going backwards in the city," Kellogg said.
LUS has asked the council to vote on the utility rate increase at it's December 1st hearing.
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