Electric bill has Lampasas residents shocked

Andrew Moore reports.

LAMPASAS - We all know it is hot outside and electricity bills are bound to go up, but people in Lampasas said July’s bill is nothing short of shocking and some have even seen theirs doubled.

Lampasas resident Casey Smith works hard to keep his home energy efficient. His air condition is only a few years old and he’s made other upgrades.

“The whole interior of the house has all been insulated,” Smith said.

So, when the July bill came in and it was double the last month’s, it was more than frustrating.

“From what I’m reading and hearing from a bunch of different people it’s a lot higher,” Smith said.

Facebook has been full of users saying the same thing, but the city claims there was simply a lot more power usage.

“Increased in the electricity bill are almost exclusively because of consumption,” Lampasas City Manager Finley deGraffenried said.

However, a few things that make rates spike more drastically in Lampasas. While some utility companies average costs throughout the year, Lampasas can’t – at least not yet.

“We don’t have that type of system set up but depending on our city council…it’s something we could look into,” deGraffenried said.

There is also no competition in Lampasas. Their utilities are the only game in town.

“We either pay it or we don’t have utilities,” Lampasas resident Karen Smith said. “That’s the way it is right here.”

The good news is the city will help people who are surprised by the bills get on payment plan and the city said it’s more than happy to test any meters people think are not working correctly.

But they also said, rates will have a small increase this fall.

“we are looking at one quarter penny increase,” deGraffenried said.

For most people, the city said that would only be a difference of a few dollars, but right now people are more concerned about their bill next month.

“We have had lots of years where there are triple digits for days on end, and it’s never been this high,” Smith said. 

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