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March 22, 2013

Transcript of Stillwater Chamber of Commerce's City Council forum Friday


STILLWATER, Okla. — "What efforts could the city take to cut costs on utilities and fees for new and existing residents or businesses?

Noble: "I don't have all of the answers and I know that anytime, and you're talking about new residents and new businesses, so energy efficiency is always an absolute way to go. But, there's also other ways that you can get residents and businesses involved to make sure savings is important. I'm going to have to say that I don't have an exact answer for that. That is something that I would have to study but you know what? I'm willing to admit when I don't know something and I'm also willing to tell you that I'll go out and research it and I'll find the answers."

Pina: "I don't believe at this point and time that cutting costs for new businesses coming in and/or new residents is an answer. I think if a new business comes in and they're environmentally friendly, if they're green, that will help cut their costs. And I think that's the way we have to approach it. We have to begin to say, 'If you come to Stillwater, we are a green friendly city and one of the things that we'd like to do is keep it that way. We'd like to see you go more green than, say, people who built here or came here 20 or 30 years ago. The idea of the rates that we have now is so that we can project for the future if there's any major disasters. If you start cutting costs, we lose that revenue stream and then when a disaster strikes, where do we get the money? So I don't think we automatically look at the idea of new residences come in and let's cut their costs here and cut their costs there. Keep it the same and explain and let those companies, those individuals that will come, this is why the cost of what they are. This is what we're doing with the money that we're generating. This is what we hope to do in the future. So, cutting costs, I don't see that as an alternative."

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