BEXAR JUDGE CANDIDATE DEBERRY: NO TO CPS ENERGY RATE INCREASE CALLS FOR CPS ENERGY BOARD EXPANSION

Board must change to include Bexar County representation.

San Antonio, TX – Bexar County Judge candidate Trish DeBerry is calling on the San Antonio City Council to “Vote No” on the proposed CPS Energy rate increase. Additionally, the City Council and CPS Energy should immediately expand the current CPS Energy Board of Trustees to include a designated representative from Bexar County leadership.

DeBerry had the following statement:

“The San Antonio City Council must Vote No on the proposed CPS Energy Rate increase. Doing so will send a clear message to CPS Energy: hire a permanent CEO first, deliver a dollar-by-dollar expenditure plan to the public, and revamp your corporate culture to focus on 100% transparency and fiscal accountability. CPS Energy needs to audit their own books first, cut where needed, utilize reserves, and be respectful of the fact the level of public trust in their organization is at an all-time low before asking ratepayers to foot any additional bill.

Additionally, it’s time to expand the CPS Energy Board of Trustees to include a position to represent Bexar County. This additional seat will give a voice to ratepayers living in unincorporated areas, as well as several municipalities throughout the region. As it stands now, these residents do not have a seat at the table, yet they pay the same CPS Energy bills and receive the same CPS Energy service levels. Any rate increase by the City Council affects 33% of all ratepayers, who live outside the San Antonio city limits. This lack of a board position for County residents amounts to taxation without representation and it must end.”