Today San Antonio City Councilman Cris Medina issued a statement on the CPS Energy staff and executive bonuses.
Medina stated, "I am very concerned about paying huge bonuses just a few months before CPS Energy plans to ask City Council to raise rates on San Antonio families in January. CPS Energy ordered a salary study that was due in August that would help give CPS Energy guidance about how to structure a bonus system that is in line with best practices nationally. As of yesterday, my office was told that the report is not ready and we were not given a timeline on when it will be."
"Doyle Beneby has done an outstanding job and I hope that he stays around for many years to come," Medina continued. "The frontline workers are the backbone for our neighborhoods and businesses and they deserve to be well-compensated. But City Council has the responsibility to protect the ratepayers and be certain that rate increases are not used to finance bonuses. The question is: could these funds have been better used to hold down hook-up fees for homeowners and new businesses, expand the utility assistance program for seniors, or energy audits to help make homes more efficient?"
Medina concluded, "We just spent months of studying-and hours of debate-to spend less than twice this amount on a citywide Pre-K program. For nearly $17 million to be expended with zero public input and zero City Council input should give us pause. The ratepayers rightfully expect their Council to look out for their best interests. It is time for a City Council review of CPS Energy bonuses."