Consultant: Tallahassee Electric Needs $178 Million In Higher Rates

By: Tallahassee Reports; Eyewitness News Email
By: Tallahassee Reports; Eyewitness News Email

Tallahassee, Florida - June 7, 2011 -

Tallahassee Reports has obtained a copy of the 140 page draft report of the electric rate case study that has been discussed over the last several months. The study is highly technical and full of detailed tables. Tallahassee Reports has reviewed the information, and what follows, is an attempt to take highly technical information and explain what it means to those who pay the electric bills in Tallahassee.

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  • by Oracle Location: Tallahassee, FL on Jun 12, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    About a year ago, city utilities had a surplus and now they paid someone to say they neeed all that extra money. I think that City Hall needs cleaning out and hiring someone who can do the job at a rate that is more in line with the job they are doing. This is just another way to take advantage of the people who are forced to use the service. This is a bad report, but I bet they paid a lot of money to get one that said they need more money; enough money to get them a nice hike and more money in their pockets. Wonder who is the consultant on this one??
  • by Franklin on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:47 PM
    3rd Post: Never put socialists in charge of someone else's money.
  • by Electric Cars Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:09 PM
    Let's all go out and buy an electric car to save energy. Oh wait, they use electicity generated by fossil fuels. Wow, who conveniently forgot that fact.
  • by Jethro Location: Capital City, Florida on Jun 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    That's typical! Some wannabee hot-shot, a bean counter making $60,000.00 has to justify his salary! Demand the figures! People of T Town demand answers! The City of Tallahassee uses rats to maintain these powerhouses! Ask this question: Why was it working 6 months, or 6 years ago, but now they need $178,000,000.00? Word!
  • by me Location: here on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    Surplus? The liberal base that votes for these fools have already forgotten about that...or most likely never knew about it to begin with. It takes paying attention...
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      by But of course on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:34 PM in reply to me
      Everything can be blamed on the libs.
  • by you got to get their attention Location: usa on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    is these people funny or what. ok people this is what you do as a whole. every household in leon county unplug all your appliances quit using their electric.
  • by JTS on Jun 7, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    How is it that 2 utility providers in the same city can charge such a different amount to provide electricity? Its not like the weather or the wattage is any different inside the city limits. I sure do hope that this report explains that to us.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to JTS
      Talquin doesn't transfer money to the General Revenue fund. The article says that the COT Utilities transferred $22 million to general revenue. That is where our problem lies.
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        by Fred on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:57 PM in reply to
        Agree cut the administrative costs, fire the Mayor and return all the deferred compensation for the Big Wigs to the general fund.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 01:02 PM in reply to JTS
      We have a city manager who makes over $200,000 per year, a mayor whose salary and office expenses approach $700,000 a year, we have a commission who voted themselves deferred compensation (not all commissioners/ some were not in office when the vote was taken) and have not seen fit to give that money back to the city treasury, we have a city that is putting $41,000,000 into a 'Gaines street project' and another $14,000,000 into Cascades Park, and this is only the tip. It's time to get the city budget in print, and in plain english, which describes what each department does, and cut it to pieces. If it's not fire, police, roads, utilities, recreation dept., administrative staff, and the like, it must go. One of the things I see, is get rid of an elected mayor.
  • by Lisa Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Didn't we just have a surplus last year???
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:23 PM in reply to Lisa
      yea 8 million dollars.
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      by Franklin on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:37 PM in reply to Lisa
      Not really. The budget has not been balanced since 2006 without dipping into the reserve fund, which [was] $24,000,000 and no telling where it is now. Our commissioners are not good stewards of the money we give them.
  • by JW Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    Higher rates? I thought we had a surplus and the City was considering crediting customers.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM in reply to JW
      thought the SAME THING... WHERE"S OUR REFUND!?
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 02:01 PM in reply to JW
      I just read this the other day, as well... Something isn't adding up.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011 at 03:57 PM in reply to JW
      Yep, I read that too. They can't make up their minds.
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      by franklin on Jun 7, 2011 at 04:44 PM in reply to JW
      This happened in 1974 during the Arab oil embargo. Citizens took the advice of the city and turned their A/C up to 78 and the heat in the winter down to 68. We did such a good job of conserving energy, the revenues did not cover expenses and rates were raised. Makes you want to cry doesn't it? But what we have today is a city commission who view themselves as a microcosm of obama and a 'mini stimulus machine' who think that they are [the] player in the local economy rather than being secondary to that economy as they should.
  • by Terri Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:34 AM
    When it comes time to vote, we need to vote all them people O-U-T of there. Cut those paychecks and take away some of their power. You give people too much power, this is what happens, they wind up with a big paycheck and you wind up paying a big bill.
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      by Joe on Jun 8, 2011 at 02:18 PM in reply to Terri
      Terri, SOOOOOO Right. We need to clean house, starting with the Mayor.
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