Sunday, January 3, 2016

 
THE BROWNSVILLE PUB CON JOB AND THE CITY COMMISSION WHICH JUST GOES ALONG

BPUB loved the distraction that Tenaska created because it kept people from looking at the real issue where its customers are being overcharged.

In 2012, the BPUB fuel surcharge was .036, starting in January it will be .043.  Click for rates .

In 2012 the average cost per barrel of oil was between $90 to $110.  Click for rates.  Today the cost per barrel of oil is under $40.  Click for rates

How can the fuel surcharge today at less than $40 a barrel for oil be more than when oil was at $90 to $110 per barrel.  There is no one watching out for the consumer.  There is no longer a need for a fuel surcharge.

TENASKA

At the time, while I agree many do not agree with me, Tenaska in the long run was a good stabilizing deal in terms of long term cost for energy.  But now with oil at less than $40 a barrel, Tenaska is not an option.

It is beyond me who recommended BPUB sign a deal wherein BPUB has to continue to bill to fund a new plant which is not being built.  Tenaska has announced the contract only provides they build the new facility once they have a customer base for their % of the electricity.  Tenaska was unable to sell its % so the plant is on indefinite hold.  What is not on indefinite hold is the increase in rates the consumers are paying.  Why?  If there is no plant to be built why are we still paying the rate increase to fund a non-existent plant? 

The Tenaska fee is just like the fuel surcharge - it has become a back door way to raise rates without proper process.

WHERE IS THE CITY COMMISSION ON BOTH THESE ISSUES?  DEAD SILENT

On this issue the real problem is the backdoor tax.  BPUB pays millions to the city of Brownsville.  The city commission will never vote for the issue of lowering the rates or getting rid of the fuel surcharge which is no longer justified because it will mean less money being paid to the COB to cover their wasteful spending.

BROWNSVILLE PUB FINALLY ADMITS THE COMPANY THEY USE FOR ONLINE PAYMENTS NO LONGER INTERACTS WITH INTERNET EXPLORER AND PHONE PAYMENTS RARELY WORK

After months of complaining the online system logs me off when I hit pay online, the BPUB has told me that the private company which handles online payments does not interact well with Internet Explorer and that I need to change to Firefox.  No - when you are the consumer - like BPUB - you tell the vender to either fix the problem or you will hire someone else.

So for months I paid my bill by phone.  Now I am being told that the phone system which interacts with the same company does not work for everyone.  This will be the second month I am dropping a check into the drop off box at the BPUB.  I do not use checks.  Today I am writing my last check, so now I have to order checks.  I pay everything electronically.  I do not even receive bills in the mail.  Everything is electronic.

This is not complex.  The BPUB has found it easier to pay employees to process thousands of payments than change companies which handles its online and phone payment systems. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Economic Power Of Inequality. Everything should be going down, since oil prices are down, but greedy companies will not bring prices down. They want more and more of our money, while our pay remains stagnant. So as a consequence us poor and middle-class can't keep up, and struggle. Evil at its finest.

BobbyWC said...

Well actually United did finally lower their fare - but the airline industry is investing heavily in newer more fuel efficient planes which means jobs at Boeing and the companies which supply Boeing

Bobby WC