The Holland City Council approved on an eight to one vote a proposed budget increase by the Holland Board of Public Works. The 4.5% increase ratepayers will find on their electric bills is to cover $3.6 million of a $5.8 million gap in BPW’s budget.
The Board of Public Works said that this gap was created by the increased price of fuel and the cost of litigation.
The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the BPW over the emissions of the James De Young coal generation station. Holland BPW speculates the lawsuit was timed to delay their development and they are fighting back with ratepayers’ money.
If they were not fighting the litigation, their need to tap into the pockets of their costumers would certainly be decreased.