Public Hearing Held On LES Rate Hike

The city council had a public hearing today on LES's budget for next year, estimated at $268 million.

Its around 17-million dollars less than  last years budget, and unlike last year, LES isn't being battered with questions but rather praised for being so open about where every dollar is going.

After a 9-percent increase earlier this year, the 2009 budget for LES is something many are keeping a close eye on.

However, this time around LES is doing things differently. LES is being more open about where their money goes, the cuts they've made, and their plans for the future.

Todd Hall of LES said, “We'll set forward a budget plan of $150,000 for incentivising consumers to do simple things around the home, its amazing how simple it is to take conservation steps in the home to save yourself energy and utility costs over the year. “

But some council members weren't sure these plans are the best. Especially since last year one of the main complaints was LES not putting enough focus on alternative energy.

Councilman Ken Svoboda said. “The program you put together however is more in energy conservation, do you feel that's gonna meet there requirements their suggestions from last year?  is this a more appropriate, reducing energy as opposed to looking for alternative sources.”

But everything seemed to come back to the potential of another rate increase.

But some council members weren't sure these plans are the best…especially since last year one of the main complaints was les not putting enough focus on alternative energy.

 The budget which was presented today will be voted on in 2 weeks from tonight and the actual rate increase won't even be presented to the city council until after the first of the year.