The debate is over a bill the county received to relocate utility lines for Lake Naconiche. Deep East Texas Electric Co-op signed onto the job back in 2003. The company's initial estimate was around $120,000. When the bill arrived last summer it read $206,000.
Deep East Texas Electric Co-op manager Larry Warren agreed, " Quite a bit of increase and we regret that and hate that, but material costs went up." Lake project manager, George Campbell pointed out, " There are stipulations in the agreement that if there are any changes in the scope of work or cost that the county is to be notified and we were not notified at all. " He said there is an obligation to taxpayers to straighten the matter out. Warren says he's unaware of such a clause. Nevertheless, he too feels obligated to his co-op members of the non profit utility company. " We just need to be reimbursed for those costs because we don't feel it's fair for our consumers in seven counties to bear the cost of this. "