No action taken by Weatherford council

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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A discussion which first started in April finally concluded with a decision of no action at Weatherford’s City Council meeting on June 25.

The Texas Gas Service Company of Weatherford gave the city the 2013 Cost of Service Adjustment filing in late March, which will increase the rate by about $1.62 per customer.

The city’s CFO at the time of the April 23 meeting, Janina Jewell, said the company said the increase was due to capital investments in the area in 2012 which included plans to modernize infrastructure and upgrade systems.

Council member Waymon Hamilton at the April meeting expressed concern that the increase could hit some residents hard.

“It’s a whole lot to some,” Hamilton said of the slight increase.

In recent years, the rate also increased.

Council member Heidi Wilder said at the June 25 meeting that during the months since the rate request came to them, they took steps to see that the rate was just and reviewed what options they had in approving or disapproving the rate.

“All of these measures have been undertaken to fulfill our charge as council members to protect the interests of our rate-paying citizens in the city of Weatherford,” Wilder said.

Representatives from the company said the rates may go down again in the future, but this increase will pay for the improvements made in 2012 and before. Instead of demanding the money in advance, they ask for it after the projects have been completed until it has been paid off.

The rate is determined by the railroad commission and can be driven by the oil and gas companies. The service company does not control the price of the gas itself.

After the initial meeting, the council held work sessions over the next couple months and reached the decision of no action unanimously at the June meeting.

With that decision, the increase will go into effect automatically on July 31 despite failing to receive the city’s approval.

If they had disapproved instead of taking no action, an appeal would have gone before the railroad commission for a long process with possibly the same result.

Wilder expressed concern that any such appeal would end up only costing the city even more.

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