In the July 31st 2007 Alexandria City Council Utility Committee Meeting, Acting Utility Department Director Marcus Connella, presented a utility bill comparison between Alexandria and Lake Charles, Monroe and Pineville.
Town Talk excerpt:
Fields, who worked as a shift supervisor for Cleco prior to being elected mayor, said there is no credible way that Pineville and Alexandria utility rates could be compared over a three-month period.
Pineville residents, who buy electricity directly from Cleco and natural gas from Atmos Energy, are in a completely different situation than Alexandria ratepayers, who must purchase utilities from pre-negotiated terms between Alexandria officials and suppliers, Fields said.
"You just can't have those kind of comparisons because there are just too many variables involved," he said.
Alexandria buys utilities for residents from a variety of sources, including Cleco, and returns a portion of proceeds for city operations.