Your anti RPS bias shows through once again. Get over it already. RPS simply states that under their current franchise agreement they can not just add six dollars to the bill and pass that through to the city. Instead they paid their attorney to find a way for the city to receive the same net dollar amount but by doing it above board and not trying to bury it in my electric bill. I for one am perfectly fine with paying the extra six dollars a month. I hope they put it to good use. I’m not real optimistic about it, but who knows.
I do however wish you would climb off that soap box of yours and understand that RPS is responsible to the people who pay their rates not the city commissioners, who would like to siphon off the funds for their pet projects. I would have went through the roof if they try to turn that utility into their own personal ATM machine. This method of doing the fee is at least transparent and honest unlike previous attempts. I also urge you to re-read the article regarding the “legal hammer” no where in it is a legal option mentioned except by the Mayor himself. If you further examine the facts instead of your revisionist history you will note that in the case of The City of Raton vs Raton Public Service, it was the city who initiated this lawsuit and thus is the “petitioner” and under the standard legal exchange RPS simply responded thus they were the “respondent”. What should they have done? What would you have done?
If only people would operate on facts instead of their own hidden agenda like you are, I bet this will be more like a puff of smoke and nothing like the firestorm that you describe. I also like how you seem to avoid the document imaging scandal like it’s the plague. That my friend is where the true firestorm may in fact lie.