It's one of the most basic services a government can provide: keeping the street lights on. But it isn't as easy as flipping a switch. Fluctuations in electric bills aren't just a problem for private homes and businesses. When Kentucky Utilities raises its rates, the government has to deal with higher bills too. The Urban Services fund, which, among other things, provides money for Lexington's street lights is running low. And Councilman Kevin Stinnett says a simple tax increase may not solve the problem.
"If you do choose to raise the rate in August, you can only raise it four percent, which is the maximum under state law. That's probably not going to touch the problem," he said.
The council will be presented with options for how to offset the deficit when they return from break in August.