2.16.2010

Channel 8 Covers Bridgeport's High Electric Bills Tonight

Although the story was very brief and uninformative. Bridgeport is odd in that the city actually sells electricity to its residents and pockets the money. I've never really understood how that works.

133 comments:

Denney Crane said...

How dare they question city government. It's been going on for quite some time.

How did you think they would pay for the new city hall, police department, visitors center and ATV park?

Did you think sales tax and property tax would always pay all the bills? Not any more...

Get ready, there's more to come!

Anonymous said...

I understand it. Its called being ripped off by city goverment. Kinda like you cant by electricity from anyone but wise county electric if you live in a certain area. I think its unfair not to be able to choose what company you want to buy gas, electricity ,phone service, or any other public utility.

Anonymous said...

Denny you hit the nail on the head buddy....

Anonymous said...

Where's Mr. Groves when we need him? Wish he'd run for mayor of B'port. George Harwood will roll over in his grave.
What's wrong with electric rates in B'port? Someone leaves the lights at the soccer/baseball fields on until 2 a.m. even if no one is playing. Very careless if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

if they are pocketing all this money, why did they need to lay off all those city employees??? it was rumored that the city was broke. i think its just ran by a bunch of idiots

Anonymous said...

Well Hello Hottie!!!

Anonymous said...

The big increase in electric rates hit January 2007. Our bill went from $300 a month to almost $900! It was a tax increase to pay for all the spending. The newspaper should find out the costs of electricity at Coleman (another utility providing city) to see how the rates compare. If their rates are lower than Bridgeport, the reason is the city is raising rates instead of raising property taxes or use sales tax.

The only way to deal with the political problem is to remove the city council. How many at the meeting will figure this out and run for office?

Anonymous said...

What a bunch of hicks. Bridgeport elected a councilman named Billy Fred. You got what you voted into office.

hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Anonymous said...

Turn down the heat!!!!

Anonymous said...

What rate per KWH does Bridgeport charge? Various utilities in this state charge from 10 to 19 cents per kwh. If you want to complain about utility rates, check your water bill. Cities make a BIG profit on their captive customers for water.

Anonymous said...

It's called a monopoly.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Phil King can sort all of this out.

Anonymous said...

Can the residents go to another provider ?

Anonymous said...

it is a boondoggle by the city of Bridgeport. I am moving my MAROON BLOODED family to Decatur where we are not screwed all the time!

Anonymous said...

it takes a really 'big and brave and intelligent person' to make fun of someone'. behind their back.
whether it be because of their name or their religion or the color of their skin or whatever.
thank you anon 8:03

dr. dan

Anonymous said...

What does the City of Bridgeport charge per KWH? This has been a very cold February with the heat requirements three times what they were last year. So get ready for huge utility bills.

Energy tip of the day: Do not use your in home clothes dryer when it is 30 degrees outside. A dryer evacuates 200 cubic feet of air per minute from your home. This creates low indoor air pressure and causes outside 30 degree air to be sucked in. It is as wasteful as leaving a door or window open on a cold day. This afternoon or early this evening will be the best time to run the dryer when the make up air from outside (that has to be heated)is not so cold.

As we move into the mini ice age that is coming, the winters will be colder.

Anonymous said...

I bet this publicity will bring in the new residents... people just can't wait to move to Bridgeport and pay a grand to have there toaster work!
The EDC is going to have one hell of time recovering from this!

Anonymous said...

If you idiots wouldn't use so much electricity, perhaps your bill wouldn't be so high!! .......hmmm, there's a thought!!!

Anonymous said...

Look at city of Denton and others and ck out there rates. Hey why dont`t you move to the county and get the co-op

Anonymous said...

7:42 - WHERE????????????

Anonymous said...

Most of us look at the miles per gallon rating when we buy a car but not at the energy consumption of a home when we purchase it. Like "what is the model number on the air conditioning compressor and what is it's energy rating?". Does the home use gas heat, heat strips or does it have a high efficient electric heat pump? A very small investment in an energy efficient heat pump could cut your electrical use for climate control in half. Usually the upgrade can be wrapped into a new mortgage. A $5,000 upgrade will cost around $35 per month on your mortgage payment and yet potentially save 50% on your heating/cooling expenses. Which combination will leave you with the most money at the first of the month when you pay your mortgage payment and electrical bill?: Either a very high electric bill and the mortgage without an upgrade, or a much lower electric bill and a slightly higher mortgage payment?

No, I am not an A/C contractor, just an energy fanatic.

Anonymous said...

Governments tend to run a lot of expenses through accounts that have nothing to do with, for expample, providing electricity. Then they will claim they are not making a profit off providing water, sewer or electricity to residents.

Bridgeport has been run by the same families forever, now into the third generation. It is past time for some new blood on the city council.

Anonymous said...

bridgeport is pocketing the money and laying off low ranking employees so the useless positions can remain, such as police chief's assistant...

Anonymous said...

If Bridgeport is that bad, then why don't you pack up and get the hell out of here?!?!?! It doesn't matter where you go, people are always going to have something to complain about. If you had the option to chose your electric provider you'd still be complaining. Some people aren't happy unless they're complaining!!!

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport's rate is .144 per KWh. That is on the high side of local rates by comparison.

ATV park was paid for with State Of Texas grant money. It operates in the black off of its gate receipts.

Anonymous said...

where have you been...they did not lay off low ranking employees! They laid off at least one of the best employees the city has! Maybe if they hired him back he would have the knowledge and common sense to fix the problem. David Turnbow. Seems to me that all the rates changed after he was moved to a different position and the person in it now has no clue about electricity.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport is not the only city selling electricity around here, and i think Bily Fred and the rest of them also live in the City so would they be screwing themselves as well if they are screwing the other people, and David Turnbow the best city employee come on

Anonymous said...

Agree re: Turnbow. What qualifications does the city administrator or utilities mgr have? None?

Anonymous said...

Just move.

Anonymous said...

I think 7:42 was talking about Ms. Miller in the background of the
1st picture. Definately a "Hey Now">

Anonymous said...

An informed response from one of those that spoke to the council last night will make this easier to understand.

Tell anyone that reads this blog what your total cost per KWh was in January '10 compared to January '09. (or any other year) By total cost, take the number of KW used divided by your total charges on your bill for electricity. Include other charges and fees that may be shown on your statement. Let interested people know that is not about numbers of KW used, but the total $'s charged.

Anonymous said...

10:14 is correct. That is high. I have Reliant in Decatur and I only pay 0.10 kwh. My home is efficient, but my bill never runs over $175, even during the coldest or hottest months.

Jack Daniels said...

10:29. What a dumbass comment. Thats like saying "Why would Exxon charge so much for their gas when they drive cars too. Wouldn't they be screwing themselves?"

Go back to sleep.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness they had the money to support the "Doctors Hospital", which by the way was not needed or wanted by most of the residents!

Anonymous said...

I agree with dr dan!



bj eaton

Anonymous said...

I am paying 14 cents kwh to TXU so to say the city is extremely high isnt necessarily true.

Anonymous said...

I really have sympathy for these people. With their 3000 square foot McMansions. Looks like they're teabaggers too. Why don't you teabaggers stop living off the government teat and generate your own electricity? Certainly have enough hot air for driving a turbine to go around.

Anonymous said...

It all comes down to one thing. If you paid $400 one year and the next year, same month you pay $900, some one is getting screwed. Period.

Anonymous said...

I agree with dr dan!

Anonymous said...

It takes a lot of electricity to cook Meth but we're learnin how to cook cold so ours should go down soon.

Anonymous said...

Stop complaining and do something smart like take action to make your home more energy efficient.

Anonymous said...

According to the Index, the City made over $400,000 profit in December alone - Where is all that profit going?

Anonymous said...

most of the citizens who spoke last nite weren't exactly honest with what they said, just were there because they were mad because they did nothing to lower their usage and it has to be someone elses fault. fact is when your usage doubles your bill should follow suit. end of story

Anonymous said...

"If Bridgeport is that bad, then why don't you pack up and get the hell out of here?!?!?! It doesn't matter where you go, people are always going to have something to complain about. If you had the option to chose your electric provider you'd still be complaining. Some people aren't happy unless they're complaining!!!"

I'll tell you why, b/c no one wants to buy a home or property in this city anymore. look at all the for sale signs on overland...

Anonymous said...

Dr. Dan...Dr. Dan...oops I meant
Lt. Dan...Lt. Dan.



I'm Forrest Gump, They call me Forrest Gump.

Anonymous said...

7:47 is not looking at facts. The average high/low temperatures for January 2006 were 68.3F/41.8F. And for January 2007 they were 50.4F/34.1F. In climate and heating/ac language the heating days for January 2006 were 304 and for January 2007 they went up to 699. That is a 130% increase. So your cost of electricity for heating should go up 130%. That is if you have electric heat.

This month is going to be one with high electric bills when compared to February 2009. Don't be surprised.

Anonymous said...

I knew I should have stopped in at city hall last night after work! There were a lot of people there!

Anonymous said...

ok, so please explain to me then why my bill goes up 130% and I do not have electric heating?

waiting...

Anonymous said...

Where is all that profit going?

Cop cars

Anonymous said...

Piss poor people running the city.We moved to country and our bill is a quarter of what it use to be. Its amazing, we consume less than half of what we use to in a much bigger house.( Let your houses go back and move to country )THE EDC SUX, NO BODY IN THERE RIGHT MINE ARE GOING TO BRING A NEW COMPANY IN HERE AND TRY TO MAKE IT WORK. BYE, BYE BROOHRSHIRES.

Anonymous said...

2:07, probably because you lie. Complainers tend to stretch the truth. Tell me what your kwh consumption was and what the rate per kwh was before and after the rate increase for the same months out of the two years. Your electric motor on a gas central heat system runs more as heating days increase but would usually not cause that big of increae. Check out Mr. Electricity at michaelbluejay.com

julie said...

OK ... to all you know it alls, my house is NEW AND EFFICIENT, my family freezes, because I keep my thermosrat on 60 degrees, that is ridiculous, that i suffer just to try to lower my bill!!I am not a complainer i am beyond complaining... I am IRATE..I have comparable from TXU and co op, to same size home with more people in home and my bill is double...seriously I will leave Bridgeport ASAP counceil is in the dark about all the coruption in city hall. EXPLAIN why LA Quinta anf B tank Trucks dont get charged for 18 months or more for electricity. that is PURE STUPIDITY, $700,000 lost??? And the the mayor is paying Opti Scense $90,000 to do some math and research, what the HELL are all the 100 city employees with college degrees doing???

Jack Daniels said...

Damn hoss (2:45), reckon they can teach you how to spell out there in the country?

Anonymous said...

You people are the best entertainment around. Watching you is more fun than watching a retard try to herd cats.

Anonymous said...

Is Jordan Stephen Gant behind this?

Anonymous said...

What do you all want? A guarantee on the weather? Do you not realize what kind of winter it's been? And what that does to spot fuel costs, or even contract costs? Figure out ways to use less electricity.

Anonymous said...

For all of you out there who don't get it - high electricity bill because of cold weather is to be expected. KW x price = bill. That is understood. What is not understood nor can be explained is why a 1800 sq ft. house in Bridgeport (new and well insulated) verus a 1800 sq ft. house serviced by TXU, Wise Electric or otheres and located anywhere else in the county-Bridgeport house electricity bill is twice or triple what the comparable home is elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

Well said, Dr. Dan!

Will someone please publish ALL the rates again in the area, and the ones where they are CITY OWNED, and what the TAX RATES are for those towns?

I heard the comment "That's why nothing is selling in Bridgeport!" Wake up and smell the roses! They are outselling Runaway Bay now!

Anonymous said...

I see a lot of finger pointing going on! Some have blamed it on the Parks department, Police department, EDC department, the Mayor, and everyone else. It is much easier to point the finger at someone else but if you take that extended finger and slightly twist your wrist inward, you will be pointing at the right person! What it boils down to is that we all must be responsible for ourselves and not look for a scapegoat! You do not blame AT&T for charging you more if you go over your minutes do you? If you stay within your minutes, you’re good! If you use more, you pay more! It is very simple. For those of you who are threatening to pack up and leave town, this is American you are free to go or stay, there are no walls holding you in!

Anonymous said...

Apparently some of you idiots were not at the meeting. What the people are trying to get through to the city is that they are doing things to be energy efficient and the bills are still through the roof. Some citizens have turned off the central heat & air and are still getting bills that are $700.00. There is no way that this is possible. We need a new council that will actually listen and not look like they could care less up there on that panel. The answer come talk to me tomorrow does not do for me!

Anonymous said...

They need the extra money for Cop cars, They keep wrecking them getting run over

Anonymous said...

Julie, I suggest that you read your meter daily to get a better picture of why your electric bill is so high. Chart your electrical consumption against daily average temperature. On a warm day turn off your central heat and read your meter morning and evening to see how much you use without the heat. Be aware that doing a lot of laundry consumes a lot of electricity to heat water and dry clothes. If you have an electric pool heater then forget all this. If you have a heat pump for heating your home then you might consider having it checked to see if it has a full charge of refrigerant. Mine got a little low and my power usage shot up.

Anonymous said...

If this is the entitlement exposed of the people that live in Bridgeport, they deserve the rates they get.

Anonymous said...

The biggest problem I see with this entire situation is with the Mayor. Let me first say I have known Mayor Majka my whole life, and really do like the man. I know he has the best intentions at heart. I know without a doubt he wants the City of Bridgeport to be the best city in the world, and I know he would do anything to make that happen. But with that being said he stepped into a position with Zero Municiple Government experience, and has since tried to turn the City into a Strong Mayor City.

There is a reason the City Administrators are the ones that make the big bucks. They are the ones with the experience and educations to run the daily opperations of cities.

It is impossible for the City Administrators to do their job with a Mayor trying to run the daily opperations of the City.

You put on top of that a young inexperienced city councilman that tries to have his finger on everything that is going on in the daily opperations and you are basically running circles.

The voters need to wake up and realize there is something they can do to fix these problems.

Again I truly like Mayor Majka. I just hope if he is re-elected that he can take a step back and let the new city manager and the rest of his employees run the city. If not we are in for a very long struggle.

Anonymous said...

Anyone is free to unplug stuff. Or use a generator. Or use solar panels. Or just use less juice. We've got options, and just about all of them cost a whole lot more than simply conserving and making better use of electricity. Maybe that LCD 42 inch television that puts out as much heat and uses as much electricity as a toaster is not a necessity if you're bitching about your bill. Maybe a huge house with more space than you can possibly live in, but still have to heat and cool, is not a necessity. Maybe the money for that big old truck that you don't need, but bought anyway just to impress, should have been spent on energy efficient home improvements. How on earth did anyone survive for the first 100,000 or however many years you believe people got along before electricity was harnessed for human use?

Anonymous said...

if you look in websters dictionary next to the term pure stupidity you will see a picture of the 3:12 poster

Anonymous said...

just because some of you have a new home doesnt mean that you an energy efficient house

Anonymous said...

2:50, I don't have central heat, smart aren't ya?

still waiting...

Anonymous said...

There is no way people's bill should be that high, that is crazy, news flash for all you defending the city on this, Bridgeport is not, and at this rate will never be a big or real city.

Anonymous said...

Just burn down your drafty shacks in Bridgeport and move to Decatur and all your problems will be solved.

Anonymous said...

Is Candace Jones (Angry Customer) wearing a Bump-It on her head?

Anonymous said...

This is just the city lineing their own pockets everyone. They didn't "raise taxes" but they are getting your money anyway!

Anonymous said...

One of the main problems with our city is they won't take their own lawers advice.When Groves brought up the fact that they could'nt anex someone's property they did it anyway.God help the complainers if we get home rule government.Kinda makes me think of the supreme court and the second amendmentHow many times do we have to say "NO"?

Anonymous said...

Julie C. needs to get her FACTS straight!! Does she have physical proof?? The famies that own those businesses aren't going to be to happy ur spreading GOSSIP but go figure ur a hairdressers u get paid to gossip.
Aren't u supose to have ur swimming pool fennced in?!?

Anonymous said...

People who mouth off about "you deserve it" or "your house isn't energy efficient" or "the weather is cold, DUH" clearly don't live in Bridgeport and don't understand the problem. People who have turned off their AC and are still getting bills better than $700? Something is WRONG. Or when your kwh is the same as someone in Keller but your utility bill is almost triple theirs? Something is WRONG. Period. Quit trying to defend when you don't know what you're talking about.

Anonymous said...

MAKE SURE YOU VOTE!

Anonymous said...

If you do not live in the city than shut the _ _ ck up. Because you do not know what the city is doing. Amber, all you are tring to do is protect your useless job. Oh yes there are several useless jobs in THE CITY OF BRIDGEPORT.

Anonymous said...

JULIE JULIE JULIE

open mouth stick foot in

Anonymous said...

ATTN: JULIE

Sec. 3.11.011 Enclosure
(a) All private swimming pools shall after the passage of this article be fenced in a manner to reasonably deter access to such pool from adjoining or adjacent property, and such fencing shall be no less than four feet (4') in height from ground level and completely enclose the swimming pool. An existing structure, such as a house or accessory building, may be used as part of the enclosure if at least four feet (4') in height. (Ordinance 2004-08, sec. I, adopted 6/22/04)

Anonymous said...

I live in the city of Bridgeport. My bill was only $300.00 last month. That was high to me. Usually it runs at $150-220ish. I can tell you that my unit ran much more because of the artic freeze. My home is an older home. As soon as I bought the home, I replaced the ac/heat unit with a two stage unit. Cost over $10,000 to do. I also added insulation in the attic. New energy efficent windows are next on my list. Did I mention my home is 1800 sq feet. Maybe these home owners need to do the same as I am. Invest in your home and it will pay you back.

Anonymous said...

I hope enough of those unhappy people leave Bridgeport and we have to do a recount for a HOME RULE election. I live on the outskirts of Bridgeport and I DO NOT WANT TO LIVE IN BRIDGEPORT.

As for employees of Bridgeport, we fire all the "workers" and keep the desk sitters.

Anonymous said...

11:17 - Sure you can vote. However, I am getting tire of "the better of two evils."

Julie said...

For all of you that can't sign your names call me anytime for information!!!Hey come on by the beauty shop anytime for some free gossip... And Bridgeport tank trucks can call me anytime with concerns about me talking about them, all bills are public if you would like to look up the facts on thier bill! And I don't have to have a fence , I want everyone to see me skinny dipping... haha!! And I know that just because my house is 7 yrs old doesn't make it efficient!!! I have extra insulation, double windows, new bulbs, I don't have a flat screen tv I have extra blankets everywhere and dress like I live in Alaska....come on people I have just go started I will be researching and COMPLAINING until something is changed. I will leave the city limits as soon as I can... Julie

Anonymous said...

Your a Hottie Julie, you can move in with me.If my wife dont care. On second thought I don't care if she does care.I'll put her on the couch.

Anonymous said...

11:53 made a great point which is being ignored. The city is charging outrageous rates to its citizens and laying off city employees but continues to pour money into the hospital which wasn't needed in the first place. City government leaders are trying to protect their own special interests and not considering what's good for the populous. Can't you people see that????

Julie said...

U know really people!!! There were over a hundred people at the council meetind and the media... Meeting lasted almost 4 hours, over 20 citizens and business owners spoke about thier issues/ problems. So WHY would this be if it were just me personally just BITCHIN. I just can't afford my bill with the way the economy is.... Julie

Julie said...

U know really people!!! There were over a hundred people at the council meetind and the media... Meeting lasted almost 4 hours, over 20 citizens and business owners spoke about thier issues/ problems. So WHY would this be if it were just me personally just BITCHIN. I just can't afford my bill with the way the economy is.... Julie

Anonymous said...

seriously JULIE you cant afford your bill PLEASE this is just a case of the rich trying to get richer. Some people arent happy unless they are complaining about something!! DRAMA

Julie said...

Seriously 1:24 you are gutless, sign your name and I'll show you drama!!! RICH get richer please ,I am blessed but I work hard to pay for what I have... And refuse to pay twice as much and my friends who have compareable homes on txu and wise co-op, I refuse to give my $1000 to the city!!! Julie

Anonymous said...

According to city codes YOU DO have to have your swimming pool fenced in

Sec. 3.11.011 Enclosure
(a) All private swimming pools shall after the passage of this article be fenced in a manner to reasonably deter access to such pool from adjoining or adjacent property, and such fencing shall be no less than four feet (4') in height from ground level and completely enclose the swimming pool. An existing structure, such as a house or accessory building, may be used as part of the enclosure if at least four feet (4') in height. (Ordinance 2004-08, sec. I, adopted 6/22/04)

Anonymous said...

Is your house up for sale yet?? What is your asking price?? I would bet it would be outrageous but you wouldnt have a problem ripping somebody else off now would you??

Anonymous said...

OH OK SO BLESSED IS THE NEW WORD FOR RICH :D

Anonymous said...

Julie please elaborate on your comment "EXPLAIN why LA Quinta anf B tank Trucks dont get charged for 18 months or more for electricity"

How is this possible??

Anonymous said...

2:14 Because there are a bunch of (dumb ) _sses that work there, and I is one of them. Trust me this crap has been going on for a long time. ( see it every day )

Anonymous said...

I am not going to sit here and say that the city is charging the correct rates, because I don't know. What I do know is that when the power goes out we rarely have to wait for it to be fixed. The reason for that is because the city takes care of their own repair within the city limits. I have absolutely no problem paying extra each month knowing that if I call the city with an electrical outage they will be out there in a timely manner. How bad would it have sucked for us to have to wait 3, 4, or 5 days for Oncor to get their trucks out here when they had the "big cities" to deal with? As for someone's bill being public, I find that hard to believe. If that is the case I would like to know where I need to go find this information. I personally don't want anyone knowing how much I pay for water, electricity, or any other utility I have in my house.

Anonymous said...

So it's not that they haven't been paying their bills it's that they have not been being charged?? If that's the case then the city should be held accountable, someone should be fired, off with their heads, let the riots begin.
So the city is charging everyone else for their mistakes... Is that legal?? If it's their error they should have to eat it!!

Julie said...

Well as for my pool , your city gave me the permit and my insurance had mo problem insuring me!!! I will look into it and put gate up if nesessary I have a fence just no gates. Since you know the codes I assume u are a city employee....And u can can look up anyone bills I look up bills everytime I buy new property just like I do property taxes!!! And I don't care who sees my bills!!! I'm the one gettig ripped off so why would I rip someone off selling my house.... And how often does our power go out .... Not very often!!!! Julie

Anonymous said...

B'port donut shop is on fire. I bet its due to the high electric bills.

Anonymous said...

Well said 3:32!
Allow me to share a personal experience of mine; this happened on the weekend and during the evening hours. I had sewer water coming into my front and back yard, not from my house but the alley. I called the City and they quickly sent someone over to look and correct the problem, and he was nice and courteous despite the fact that it was a nasty mess and it was cold out. We as citizens of Bridgeport do not suffer from frequent power outages but on the few occasions that it has happened our lights or usually back on in less than 30 minutes. I think thats Great!

Anonymous said...

julie, where do i go to look up someones utility bill?

Anonymous said...

You are right the power does not stay out long.No city would if they had as many useless employes as we do. last count 91,two years ago 46.and hiring every day

Anonymous said...

If you’ve read all the comments above you will see that, everybody has an opinion as to who to blame for this and it’s starting to get pretty ugly! We should not attack Julie for using her constitutional right to freedom of speech and being brave enough to sign her name. We should not try to bring other people/departments down when they have no control over the situation, such as Amber or any other City departments. Misery loves company. In order for change to come about people must speak out and voices must be heard, I don’t think that any good will come of slinging mud in every direction. The only thing that we will accomplish by attacking each other is looking bad as a town and a community. I personally believe that Bridgeport is a great place to live, the community is great, the schools are great, our Mayor is great, and the people who work at the city are just regular people like you and me. Stop whining and be grateful for what you have. You could live in Haiti!

Anonymous said...

My 2700 sq. ft home is not total electric. I have Atmos natural gas service to my central heating, two hot water heaters, oven and fireplace starter. Everything else is of course electric.

Now get this, my electric bill last month was $169.00, gas was $208.00, a total utility bill of $377.00 (excluding water, flushing privledges, yes at $43.53 per month it is a privledge, and garbage)

According to what I read here and hear from friends, I'd be looking at something like $1200.00 for electric heating for a home of my size. By the way, it was built in 1968, brick, original windows, my gas hot waterheaters are in my garage, unwrapped. We keep our house comfortably warm.

Anonymous said...

Barry I AM CONFUSED;
B'Port = Grammar = Julie = Rock Park = B'port Police = WHAT THE F#@$ is going on in B'port.

Anonymous said...

everyone needs to keep in mind that it is not the guys that work outdoors for the city that has anything to do with the rates. so keep your dirty looks to yourself unless you want to be the one pumping sewer lines or fixing electric wires that fall because you all can't trim your trees

Anonymous said...

I for one do everything I can to reduce my electrical usage-added insulation, radiant barrier, double-paned windows that are tinted, keep my thermostat down in winter and up in summer, compact fluorescent lights, unplug things not in use, keep lights off, & programmable thermostat. Plus my home is only 5 years old with insulated walls thoughout!!! But yet my bills keep going up month after month!! I have caught meter readers 3 times not reading my electric and water meters--just guesstimating!!!! I would like to see if my meter is calibrated correctly but only if I can find an independent agent to do it! There are several unanswered problems with the electric and water rates in Bridgeport! I could not sell my house right now for what it is worth because of the high utility rates!!! The city council announced some plans today to correct some of the problems and that is a good start! We will see what happens now!! And for all those who make fun and tell us to shut up---I have this to say!! I pay my property and city taxes just like you do but I also pay a "utility tax" as well and it is very high!! You do not!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't go messin' with Billy Fred!!! Somebody will open a can of whoop a^& on you! You tell 'em Dr. Dan!

Now:
2000 sq foot house, 34 years old. new a/c unit few years ago, new windows few months ago----elect. bill around $230 each month!!!! Average billing and no surprises!!!!

Love me some Wise Elect. Co-op! Thank you WEC!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth: I have 3000 sq ft house, 10 yrs old, propane heat and hot water. Last electric bill was $80 (I also use some electric space heaters). I pay 10 cents kwh from StarTex Power. If your bill is too high, get a better rate, better insulate or just use less power.

Anonymous said...

So Julie...you are looking at La Quinta and Bridgeport Tank Trucks bills because you are trying to buy them? And you are complaining about an electric bill? Seems to me like you are putting your nose where it doesn't belong so allow me to. Per county tax records your house has a living area of 2,896 sq. ft., with a garage and of course the pool. With that amount of living area I can completely understand a $1000.00 bill. Not to mention that you have an upstairs and downstairs which probably requires 2 units, which means more electricity. Oh, did I mention the pump for the pool? If you kept your house at 60 degrees for Dec., Jan., and Feb. then you haven't reduced your consumption...you have increased it, because over the course of those months it has gotten colder. Just wait until you get this month's bill...you think last month's was bad.

Denney Crane said...

I have a 20 year old, 2 story all electric home the size of Julie's. My bill last month from TU was $355.

In Bridgeport it was $1000.

I moved... not coming back

Anonymous said...

She can buy what ever she wants because she is BLESSED!!

Anonymous said...

Julie put a target on her back now she gets to reap the rewards. Karmas a b!/ch!!

Julie said...

To these last few comments... When I was getting signatures for the petition to address our utilities... I went to neighbors and businesses, that is how I got the information about tank trucks, and la Quinta I'm sure it was a mistake but it should have been caught long before and then bill could have been negotiated. I received signatures from businesses with bills as high as $3000 small family businesses. I have my house plans and my sq. Ft is 2600 I will take to tax office asap. And I am BLESSED I'm sorry that you are not. I am ok with being the target if it helps our citizens. Karma is a bitch

Anonymous said...

MAYBE IF EVERYONE WOULD USE THIS KIND OF PASSION WHEN DEALING WITH THE DRUG PROBLEM WITH THE YOUTH OF BRIDGEPORT IT WOULD GET FIXED TOOOOO

Anonymous said...

I moved out of Bridgeport and want be back. Got sick of it

Anonymous said...

Hey, whats wrong with Runaway Bay?

Runaway Bay police department won't even take calls. They are rerouted to Sheriff's department and they have a secret schedule, even from City Hall. How do we really know what hours they work?
They drive new cars, some even have tinted windows and aren't the standard white. There are police cars at the gun store all day, not even in city limits. If you call for service, you might get a call back in an hour. Anyone know what this department is costing the tax payers?

Anonymous said...

Julie please move back to Runaway Bay, we could use a voice and record checker here?

Anonymous said...

Either there are a lot of defective electrical meters in Bridgeport or someone is lying. Or maybe you are leaving your windows open on cold days.

Anonymous said...

So the question is - if Julie doesnt pay her 1,000 bill ... are they going to disconnect??? Julie are you going to pay the 1k bill?

Anonymous said...

Can we talk in kwh rather than in dollars. Maybe we will all get a better picture then. Lets compare apples to apples. By the way Al Gore, shut off your pool heater.

Julie said...

I used 6989kw @ .14 = $995

Anonymous said...

Texas Public Utilities Commission

I hope all one hundred and whatever # of citizens that signed Julies petition call and file a complaint with the Texas Public Utilities Commission.

Thats what u do if u want something done!! The city is going to make promises they cant and wont keep and creating a board with everyday citizens who dont know the ins and outs and fully understand the laws, seriously, what good will that do?? Lets get someone involved that knows whats LEGAL and ETHICAL and whats NOT!!!

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport Mayor Donald Majka pointed to a few residents during the meeting, instructing them to show up at his office during business hours to handle the situation. Although there is no way to know which of those residents actually received assistance from the City of Bridgeport, none of them could have been the 20 could have been those living in the households on the West side of Bridgeport that lost power today. However, it is possible for all customers who feel an injustice against them to report their utility company to the Texas Public Utilities Commission.

Anonymous said...

Julie, if you are well insulated, you must have a lot of windows. It does not matter if they are single, double or triple pane, they still waste. Window salesmen piss me off. This month you will use about $.33 for each square foot of double pane window area. I have 1,300 square feet with five 3x5 windows (they are redneck triple pane) and my kwh for December was 1,396, January was 1,500 and so far February consumption has been 1,200 kwh. Wise Electric rates are 11 to 12 cents per kwh.

Anonymous said...

Julie, are you running your pool heater in the winter months?

Julie said...

Pool run a few hours a day , and run all the time when it's below 37 degrees, so yes it ran alot on those cold days... But it runs all day in the summer...but that small pump doesn't pull that much electricity... And I don't have a heater on it or a hottub!!! And all my friend have just as many windows as I do and remember thier bills are HALF the price of mine! I'm really tired of debating about this ridiculous electric stuff that ibknow nothing about how ir works ... What I DO know is I could nor of used 6989 killowatts in one month and my average for the year was I think 3800killowatts!!!! Ughhh just fix the problem!!!!

Anonymous said...

A typical one horsepower pool circulating pump will use over 1,100 kwh of electricity per month if it runs continously. There are some high tech pumps that will use a fraction of that. It really would benefit every homeowner to look at every end use of electricity to see where it is going and maybe look for a solution for the energy hog items. A lot of the solutions will give you a very high rate of return on your investment.

Anonymous said...

something is wrong...my spouse is a city employee and has questioned this issue a month ago and was basically told to keep mouth shut or lose job...as a source of income we can't afford that so we really express to you all to go talk to cathy and ask her questions...way to speak out julie more power to those who are and do and by the way...check out why the donut place has not had there water meter read in a very long time...guess cause maybe it was buried under mud and dirt and nobody could get to it to read it...just something to ponder...

Anonymous said...

MOVE ~~~~ BRIDGEPORT ~~~~ MOVE !!!!

Anonymous said...

7:29 AM

How long have you lived in Runaway Bay or do you live outside of the City limits? Regardless, if you are willing to shell out more money if you are a taxpayer, go to the City Council and ask for a Police dispatch office to be opened 24 hours a day to answer your calls. See what that will cost. If you don't like the Sheriff's department answering the phones, that is what you are heading for with the current three amigos on council if they get there way to eliminate the Police Department and have the Sheriff's department cover. Good luck getting a call back from them in an hour if at all. Better yet be ready to wait even longer for a deputy to respond and take care of your complaint. They won't enforce city ordinances, take care of anything else city related and will really care less if you are acting god on city council or some other wannabe high tone Club investor. So moral of the story, go drink another at The Club and be happy.

Julie said...

My home will be for sale soon, that Is if anyone doesn't mind the high utility bills!!! I need a house out of city limits

Anonymous said...

Julie,
It would be awesome if you pay your bill in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. I hear the city hall worker loves to count all that change...

Anonymous said...

Just so all of you bridgeport citizens know, if you didn't already, it is your responsability to make sure the post office delivers your bill to your mail box. If your bill don't make it to your home, and you are like 30 seconds late paying, they will send someone to turn it off. So, everyone make sure you call city hall every day to see how much and when you bill is due...