Austin’s proposed electric rate increase could hit area school districts hard

Energy costs in the Austin district, which relies on the city-owned utility to provide about 95 percent of its electrical power, could rise by as much as $3.5 million, or about 25 percent, a year.

“That’s 60 teachers,” Austin school board President Mark Williams said Wednesday, doing a quick calculation based on the average teacher salary and benefits. “We are in a fixed-revenue situation where we can’t raise taxes without voter approval and we are already operating at a deficit.

Troubling times for local school districts. This is just another brick on an already heavy load.


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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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