Council to discuss double-digit Atmos Energy rate increase


The Cedar Park City Council will discuss a proposal by Atmos Energy that would raise rates on residential customers while decreasing rates on commercial and industrial customers. 

With a vote at its June 28 meeting, the council can approve an ordinance suspending the rate increase for 90 days, which will also allow the city to hire legal counsel to negotiate the proposed rates. 

Council Member Anne Duffy said the proposed rate increase affects more than 50 cities, but Cedar Park’s staff has been working diligently to provide information for the council to consider. 

“The ultimate goal is to reduce rates for residential customers,” Duffy said. 

Council Member Heather Jefts said the city will have just 90 days to complete its work to challenge Atmos Energy’s rate proposal, but noted that if the ordinance to suspend the rate increase passes on Thursday, “We will be prepared to move quickly and make our 90-day deadline.”  

If the ordinance fails, or if the council takes no action on the issue before July 6, the proposed Atmos rates will automatically take effect.

There will also be a public hearing on amending the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to add $115,000 to the Economic Development Corporation Fund for economic development, recruitment and legal costs as well as adding $410,000 for purchase and replacement of police in-car and body camera units.

Council meets June 28 at 6 p.m. at 450 Cypress Creek Road in Cedar Park.