Controversy Over Andalusia Utilities Prices

Call it small town politics if you want, but controversy is brewing between the city of Andalusia and its utilities board.  

Mayor Jerry Andrews believes the rate hike approved by the board will cost the city between $400 and 450 thousand dollars more this year.

The board disagrees saying it's more like, $337,000 with much of the increase attributed to additional street lights and higher maintenance costs.

The utilities board says there hasn't been a rate increase in 6 years.

In a news conference on Thursday, the utilities board said it had no choice but to raise rates because the city was never billed the true costs of the new and more expensive lights.

Those lights were added in 2001.