Thursday, February 2, 2017

Think the threat of spiking electric rates in Lake Worth is ever really off the table to fund a “wish list”?

No, it’s not. Unquestionably a new majority could take over some time in the future but a strong message sent by the voters on March 14th would make any future elected official very hesitant of spiking up the electric rates.

Prior to 2012, City administrations used the Electric Utility to fund their wish lists, ergo the term ‘cash cow’ that our City’s Electric Utility used to be called. Those spikes in electric rates were akin to a regressive tax; an undue burden on those least able to afford it, especially for the elderly and families with children during the summer months.

That’s why elections are important and why voters need to pay attention to the next election coming up on March 14th, 2017, just 40 days away:

Remember this on March 14th, 2017: Election day in Lake Worth. Very important to remember: Commissioner McVoy, PhD, is the only elected official on the ballot this year. McVoy was first elected in 2010 to represent District 2.

District 4 Commissioner Ryan Maier has opted not to run for re-election. However, District 2 Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, will have his name on the ballot. When he knocks on your door asking for your vote here’s a good question to ask him: “Why is your answer to almost every problem to raise electric rates?”

Ever since 2012 when the majority on the City Commission have been in control (Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amoroso) the electric rates in Lake Worth have been coming down. The goal is parity and to be more competitive with the rates of FPL.

However, there is always some protection from a future spike in electric rates: Natural gas.

Do you live in the Lake Worth Electric Utility service area? Did you like to cook meals with all the fixin’s using electric? Get better results and do your part to help save the environment as well by switching over to natural gas:

Ask4Gas! “Better meals. Longer baths. Softer laundry.”

Having natural gas (NG) during electric outages is just one benefit: cooking food, hot water, if a “boil water” notice is issued, etc. Here are more benefits:
  • NG is cheap, clean, affordable, and plentiful
  • NG is extremely safe. Remember to “Call 811 Before You Dig!” or use this link.
  • Nine out of 10 professional chefs prefer cooking with NG
  • NG is the “Green” choice
In the video below, a Florida Public Utility expert explains the benefits of switching over to a NG range/oven:
Remember, 9 out of 10 professional chefs prefer natural gas.