Albany -- The City of Albany won't pay the Water Gas and Light Commission for electricity that powers hundreds of streets lights around the city. Thursday, the city commissioners passed a $77 million budget that goes into effect July 1.
The city will keep more than a million dollars it usually pays for city lights. A WG&L spokesperson told us they had not been notified about the change and would not comment on how WG&L would handle the loss in revenue.
Mayor Willie Adams serves on the WG&L Board. He supports the new budget, but commissioners Bo Dorough and Bob Langstaff voted against it. "With the amount of maneuvering that we had to do, I'm glad that we were able to get the balance budget approved," says Albany Mayor Dr. Willie Adams.
"I think it is a little disingenuous, the way the city plans to not pay the Water Gas and Light Commission for the utilities the city uses," says City Commissioner Bo Dorough.
The new Albany budget does not raise taxes, and gives all city employees a $600 pay raise.