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The Lakeland City Commission voted to decrease the fuel charge for Lakeland Electric customers $5.60 per 1,000 kWh effective for meters read on or after April 2, 2012.  The new fuel charge will be $38.60 per 1,000 kWh.  Starting April 2, 2012 Lakeland Electric residential customers will pay $98.12 for 1,000 kWh of electricity.

After listening to a staff presentation at the March 19, 2012 Utility Committee Meeting, the Lakeland Electric Utility Committee recommended to decrease the current fuel charge based on favorable natural gas prices.  The City Commission reconvened and unanimously approved the recommendation. 


Current               New Rates – Effective April 2, 2012

Base Rate        $ 59.52                                   $ 59.52

Fuel Charge    $ 44.20                                   $ 38.60

TOTAL:            $103.72                                  $ 98.12

As of April 2, 2012, Lakeland Electric’s residential rates will be the third lowest in the state for residential customers and the lowest in Florida for all commercial accounts in all of the commercial rate classes.

Lakeland Electric bills are broken out for customer convenience in detail to show the base charge, fuel charge and appropriate taxes and service charges.  The fuel charge on a utility bill is exactly that, the actual costs for fuel used to generate the amount of electricity used within your residence.  Most utilities subscribe to the same billing practice and break out the base rate and the fuel charge for their customers. There is no mark-up in fuel.  In fact, fuel is a straight pass-through to customers. 

Visit for more information and to see a residential rate comparison.

On Thursday March 15th the Lakeland Fire Department received a call to a structure fire at 2602 Tennessee Rd. Eight units from stations one, two, three and four were dispatched at 7:15 pm and arrived on the scene at 7:20 pm.

The responding team consisted of seventeen fire personnel of three fire engines, two rescue units, one heavy rescue unit and a battalion chief.  

When units arrived they found a home partially engulfed in flames. Chief Jeff Wharton took charge of the scene and assigned teams to extinguish the fire, perform search and rescue, water supply, and rapid intervention.

In a wooded neighborhood surrounded by other homes, mobile homes and trailers, in close proximity; LFD was able to bring the initial blaze under control within a few minutes, containing the incident to the original structure. This helped quell the fears of neighbors who had gathered anticipating that the fire might spread.

A trouble truck from Lakeland Electric was also on scene to insure the safety of any electrical service to the home.

At approximately the same time units from stations two, three and six were dispatched to another structure fire on Trenton Rd that turn out to be a false call. The members of the Lakeland Fire Department, and other city departments, continue their dedication to making our city a safer place to live.

           TOW TO GO” FOR 2012 

A Partnership Between AAA Auto Club South & Budweiser 

Since its inception in 1998, "Tow to Go" has safely removed more than 18,000 drunk drivers from the roads.  

•   FREE and open to both AAA members and non-members (100% confidential) 

•   Call 1-800-AAA-HELP -- the call will be directed to a ERS Call Center 

  The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver safely home 

Purpose:  This program is designed to protect both the intoxicated driver and the motoring public from avoidable car crashes 

Since the program's inception, over 18,000 intoxicated drivers have decided to use Tow to Go vs. getting behind the wheel when their sobriety was in question. 

Dr. Greg Robinson

Supervisor, Crime Prevention Unit

Lakeland Police Department



LAKELAND, FL (March 12, 2012) -- The City of Lakeland is pleased to announce Brad Johnson as the Assistant City Manager.  Johnson most recently served as the Budget Administrator for the City of Palm Bay, Florida. 

Johnson started his local government career in 2006 at Palm Bay where he worked for four years as a Management Analyst.  During his tenure as Management Analyst he worked with Palm Bay’s public safety, utilities and City Manager’s office assisting in projects such as the Fire Department’s accreditation process, the City’s performance management system and the implementation of Palm Bay’s annual budget.


In 2010, he was hired as the Assistant to the City Manager/Public Works Director for the City of Holly Hill, Florida.  While at Holly Hill, he managed the daily operations of the Public Works Department and assisted the City Manager with the coordination of Economic Development, Planning and the development of the City’s annual budget.


Johnson returned to the City of Palm Bay in 2011 as Budget Administrator where his duties included overseeing the daily operations of the City’s Budget Office.  He developed and implemented Palm Bay’s $140 million annual operating and capital budgets that involved 10 departments and over 40 funds.


Johnson said, “I am grateful for this very exciting opportunity within an extremely dynamic organization and I am looking forward to being an integral part of the team.”  He added, “My first task is to meet the staff to better understand Lakeland’s many services and to better learn the community’s needs. I am very excited and I look forward to my family and I becoming part of the Lakeland Community.”


City Manager, Doug Thomas said, “We conducted a national search that delivered a group of highly qualified applicants. After a very thorough process that included panel interviews, one-on-one interviews and community tours; we believe that Brad will enhance our operation as we prepare for the future.”  He added, “We know that his previous experience in performance management, strategic planning and his financial knowledge of municipal operations will be a great fit for our team. Brad has a tremendous passion for local government and his experience in a comparable well managed Florida community (Palm Bay) will also enable him to hit the ground running.”


Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in 2002 and he earned his Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri in 2007.  He is very active in community service.  He has served as a United Way of Brevard Campaign Cabinet Member, Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition Volunteer Member and he has served on the event planning committees for Relay for Life as well as Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida. Brad and his wife Shira, a non-profit administrator, have a 4 1/2 month old daughter.


Johnson will be paid an annual salary of $90,000 as the Assistant City Manager for the City of Lakeland.   He is scheduled to start March 29, 2012.

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