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12/8/05-Tyler

Tyler City Council Denies CenterPoint Rate Increase

CenterPoint Energy customers in Tyler will not see their rates increase, at least for the time being. The Tyler City Council voted unanimously this afternoon to deny an 11% hike the natural gas company had requested. The decision came during an emergency session. The rates would have gone into effect tomorrow.

The city has been in a dispute with CenterPoint Energy after the company asked for a rate increase several months ago. City officials say CenterPoint did not give them the necessary information to decide whether or not the rate increase was justified. "This emergency meeting was called today because today was the last day the city could deny the increase that CenterPoint has requested. We had hoped up to this point to get more information from which to base our decision. We didn't get that information. This is the last day we could act and that's why we're acting today," said Mayor Joey Seeber.

CenterPoint is expected to appeal the city's decision to the Railroad Commission. Company representatives were not at this afternoon's meeting, but their attorney did send a letter to the city council. The letter said the company's rates have already been approved by the Railroad Commission and are already effective in other cities so "an appeal of those same rates could be unnecessary."

Oralia Ortega, reporting.  ortega@kltv.com

 

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