Bill Proctor Issues a Letter Requesting Utility Rebate

By: Eyewitness News Email
By: Eyewitness News Email



Commissioner Bill Proctor says he thinks his District, District one which covers the south side of Tallahassee, was over charged all year for their utilities and now that all the numbers are in he wrote a letter to the City Manager, asking them to refund their money.

Proctor is requesting a rebate of $6 million dollars for all utility customers in District One, based on the $8 million in surplus the city ended up with at the end of the year.

He suggests the City holds a monopoly over utility options with the exception of the Talquin Franchise. Proctor says he wants to see the matter agenda so folks can weigh in, instead of seeing the money be put into reserve.

Commissioner Bill Proctor says, "It's a regressive tax. I want my money back. The people want their money back.It's Christmas. The city is acting like the Grinch who done stole Christmas. And I am saying that we all want our money back. We want a credit to our accounts or we want a rebate of this money."

Michelle Bono, the assistant to the City Manager says electric rates are about 20 percent lower than they were 2 years ago. And says the budget was not right on the dime, the 8 million dollars will go into a reserve so if the city comes up short next year they will have it.

She also points out- had they come up short this year they would not be billing the customers they would go to the reserve. Bono says the city budgeted for 360 million dollars , so the 8 million may sound like a lot but it is 3 percent of the budget.

Tallahassee, FL - Leon County commissioner Bill Proctor issues a letter requesting a rebate for utility customers.

Here is just a portion of what that letter contains: "I request that the entire $8,000,000 be rebated evenly to the customer base
from which this amount was taken. This money should not be confiscated and committed to the City empire’s reserve coffers. It belongs to the citizens it was taken from. Do return our money."

To look at the full letter, click on the letter icon above.

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  • by Ms. Jae Location: Tallahassee on Jan 13, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    "Tuesday (1/11/11), the District One leader is following up on his demands with a second letter. Angel Williams says she's thinking about moving after living in Tallahassee only about a month because of her $160 utility bill. Williams said, "My first thought was, wow, that's high. I expected my first one to be a little lower because I hadn't used it for two weeks. I was honestly shocked when I got my bill." Leon County Commissioner Bill Proctor sent a letter to city commissioners asking them to give $8 million dollars in overages back to residents. Proctor said, "We have turned our piggy banks upside down; upside down in order to pay the City of Tallahassee, that pays no taxes on nothing that they purchase in the State of Florida, and yet they cannot give a competitive rate. I want our money back." The city's overall electric utility budget is about $360 million. City officials say that $8 million left at the end of the year is 2.3 percent of the electric utility budget, which is $34 a household. Instead of refunding residents, the money goes into reserve. As far as why some utility bills are so high, City Commissioner Andrew Gillum says it's because the city doesn't use coal, which he says is a cheaper fuel. Gillum said, "The citizens said that they don't want it [coal.] So, what we ended up using to generate electricity in this community is natural gas. When the price goes up at the pump, it goes up in our homes as well." A city spokesperson says it is city policy to put the year-end balance in reserve. Commissioner Gillum says the bigger discussion should be on unemployment and how to help local residents get jobs." They can start with me!! Have you seen the jobs the city has posted? Most 'local residents' don't have the skills for those jobs.
  • by Citizen Location: Wakulla on Jan 3, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    with the exception of one post no one on this forum seems to have any concept of how Government operates. NO one knows till the end of the year whether or not you have a surplus. You don't plan for that. It is healthy to have a reserve fund to pay for emergencies. When you are dealing with what Tallahassee deals with concerning it's utilities. That "surplus" money could get used real quick in the event of breakdown and emergencies during the course of a year. If they didn't have a reserve then where would the money come from? Things need scheduled maintenance. All that takes money. You people need to grow up. Yall probably voted for Obama too!!
  • by just sayin Location: tally on Dec 31, 2010 at 02:34 PM
    Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 02:40 PM....that's because you devote more money to your car than you do your house.
  • by notworking on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    Thanks Bill for having the guts, right or wrong, to take on the issues you do. In this case I think you are right and that all city utility customers deserve a credit or refund. The city should not keep this substantial overage.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM
    He came up with that figure because the bills on the side reach anywhere from 400-600 month. While Tharpe St and student housing run about 170.00. I have seen it over and over. We pay more money on the southside. CHECK IT OUT1
  • by Anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    Everyone complains that the U.S. is in the hole when it comes to money and then they complain when someone actually saves money to prevent going into debt...what will make you happy? A credit card! That is the answer! What will you do when something like a generator or two goes down or a storm comes through and knocks lines down or even takes out a substation? Those same people will be complaining that the power is not on quick enough. This is a PR stunt in my opinion. Every municipality has backup funds for repairing equipment or for unexpected cost caused by nature or mechanical failures. The rates are the same for everyone, go look it up! Proctor doesn't care that he looks stupid when he runs his mouth and then is proven wrong and the people that keep voting him in obviously doesn't care that he is illiterate and really makes his district look worse than it is.
  • by Kelly Location: Heart of Tallahassee on Dec 27, 2010 at 10:54 AM
    I pay $38.40 in customer charges to the City of Tallahassee each month!!! I asked the city (891-4YOU) what these charges were for, after two days of no response I gave up. Proctor is an idiot, no doubt but this utility thing in Tally is getting out of control!!!!
  • by Tallahassee Resident too Location: Tallahassee--North Monroe befor I-10 on Dec 26, 2010 at 04:44 AM
    I also pay over $300.00 a month for Electric service every month on a 2Bdrm 2 bath home. We have weatherized our home and still the bill is high. Everything except major fridge and water heater are off during the day.. And, still my bill is high. I think that every paying customer should receive the rebate not just one section of Tallahassee. Everyone needs to speak up and defend our rights. Because no one else is.
  • by My2Cents Location: NE Tallahassee on Dec 24, 2010 at 03:54 PM
    Y'all don't be mad at Bill because he owns more than one house. How many of you own more than one house? I have to disagree with Bill on trying to get rebates for only the southside of town. Every City of Tallahassee Utility Customer should get a rebate. The City has a monopoly on the services in our area. Tell me this, how can one rent a 2 BR / 2 bath apartment and it's empty for 10-12 hours a day, occupants are sleep for 6-8 hours a night and use thier services for about 4-6 hours a day and thier bill is over $300.00 a month.....Go figure? You go Bill, get ALL of the City of Tallahasee customers a rebate!
  • by Lib Location: NE on Dec 24, 2010 at 02:45 PM
    Why will it only be on the southside?Esp.with a the government help they already get? Bill needs to go, he keeps stirring the "racist" pot!!
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