Mayor Fischer admits franchise fee on LG&E bills unfair - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mayor Fischer admits franchise fee on LG&E bills unfair

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer proposed a three percent increase on LG&E bills for most customers to help pay for an increased police presence, but the Metro Council approved only a two percent increase. Now the mayor is admitting that the franchise fee is not a fair solution.

Although everyone will benefit from having more officers on the street, not everyone will be paying for it.

The two percent increase will amount to about $12 dollars a year for the average customer, but affects only those LG&E customers who use natural gas, and only those who live in the city limits or in unincorporated areas of the county. Residents of small cities will not have to pay the higher rate.

Although Mayor Fischer admits that's not fair, he says he needed a quick solution to a serious problem illustrated by the mob crime spree in March.

"There's lots of imperfect solutions that I have to deal with every day, and this is another example of that," Fischer said. "But it benefits the entire community. Obviously 80 percent of the people pay for it. For those that aren't paying, we'll happily take their contributions."
The Metro approved two percent hike is set to expire in 16-months.

Fischer says the city will raise the rest of the funds he wants for security by cutting the budget.

The council also approved a $10.10 minimum wage for metro government workers Thursday. City leaders tell us that won't break the budget because it only applies to about five employees.

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