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City Council Hopes BWL Improvements Don’t Equal Rate Hike

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The Lansing City Council raised concerns Monday night over the possible cost of improvements the Lansing Board of Water and Light wants to make in light of the December ice storm.

Last month, the BWL released a
76-page report outlining 54 actions it has already taken or plans to take to improve its communication and response to outages. BWL CEO Peter Lark acknowledged on Monday these improvements will cost the company money, and city council officials said they want to make sure these upgrades will not be passed on to the customer as a rate hike.

"There are 54 things that they said they've done or are in the process of doing. All those things involve some dollar amount," said Boles. "Are we going to see a rate increase? Are folks going to have to look forward to that?"

Read the BWL ice storm outage report here

Lark said at the meeting he has no plans to make any significant rate increases because of the improvements listed in the report, but Lansing City Council President A'Lynne Boles said no discussion of rate increases should happen at all without very serious thought. "I think any introduction of a rate increase at this point needs to be very, very extensively explained that this was something that's a part of the course of doing business, not that we folded the cost of the changes and the upgrades that we've made into a rate increase," said Boles.

Prior to the ice storm, BWL did consider a rate increase, but canceled those plans in January.

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