City Councilman Speaks Out Against Proposed Rate Hike

Monday, September 28, 2009 - 3:38pm

it's been talked about for some time now.

Both Lafayette Utilities System directors and City Parish President Joey Durel want to increase electrical, water, and sewage rates, saying it's necessary to cover increasing costs.

But some Lafayette City Parish Councilmembers are speaking out against the increase, saying it could be devastating to some businesses and residents.

"You know, I don't think this is about whether or not we support utilities, I just think it's bad timing, to rate increase when fuel is down, when the economy is bad, and people have difficulty paying for some other necessities that they may need," said City Councilmember Kenneth Boudreaux.

A briefing on the issue is scheduled to be held some time in early to mid-October.