LEESBURG — “Summertime and the living’s easy,” according to the famous Gershwin song, but Floridians cringe when they get their electric bill because air-conditioners are on the verge of a breakdown — nervous and otherwise.
Leesburg utility customers won’t have to sweat it, however, because their rate is going down slightly for this, the third year in a row.
The measure comes before city commissioners Monday. It won’t be much — about 77 cents per residential customer — but the cut comes because the city has added about 1,800 new meters because The Villages has built new homes in Fruitland Park.
The utility is forecasting a surplus of about $400,000, “so we’re giving it back,” said city spokesman Derek Hudson.
Leesburg serves customers in a large area outside of its city limits.
The city last year cut prices for three months by $7 per kilowatt hours. It was able to do that because it still had a surplus after figuring in a possible fuel price fluctuation.
“The city always tries to have the lowest rate possible,” Hudson said. Last year the city also offered a $5 rebate for electronic billing.
A vote is also scheduled to pay a foliage company $666,074 for the U.S. 27-441 Gateway landscaping project and $67,456 to a consultant engineer for the work.
Also on the agenda will be the police department asking permission to use forfeiture funds for a gun buy-back promotion.
Commissioners will also re-evaluate a 2014 program not to ask merchants at ViaPort Mall for a utility deposit.