The Lake Worth City Commission passed a tentative FY 2015-2016, $1,736,905 City budget by a 3-2 vote on first reading with Commissioners Christopher McVoy and Ryan Maier dissenting.[and. . .]
McVoy and Maier were against the budget because it didn’t include increases in electric and beach parking rates.
McVoy suggested raising electric rates, which drew the ire of [Vice Mayor Scott] Maxwell. Maxwell reminded McVoy of the ordinance passed about three years ago requiring the City to bring electric rates into parity with Florida Power and Light rates. McVoy continued to insist upon raising the rates and wouldn’t vote for the budget unless an electric rate increase was included. Maier held fast in support of McVoy.Remember when Lake Worth's electric rates were sky-high and took a huge chunk out of your household budget each month? Email McVoy and Maier and let them know you are not happy about this one bit.
City Manager Michael Bornstein took to the podium to moderate the negotiations, suggesting various compromises which brought the same results, McVoy and Maier voting against because they insisted on rate increases and Maxwell dissenting because he would not accept rate increases.
Finally, a compromise was reached and the tentative budget was passed. Parking rates were not increased and the increases will be reconsidered in April, at the mid-fiscal year point. The second reading and public hearing is scheduled for September 22.
Support Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell and Commissioner Andy Amoroso and let them know you support keeping the City's electric rates low and continue the effort to achieve rate parity with FP&L.