Although the fee on street lighting was approved in the city’s 2022 budget collection of funds was not allowed due to lack of a contract with the Mexican energy company.

That was changed Wednesday evening after the Council voted 10-5 and an abstention to approve the contract with the Federal Electricity Commission.

The $0.75 per customer fee will allow the Mexican government owned company to keep 3.5 percent of the funds collected.

According to the mayor’s office the city has not collected about 12 million pesos or about $600,000 in the year.

The same fee has been struck twice by Mexico’s Supreme Court after finding the collection as unconstitutional.

Mayor Norma Bustamante expects the fee will prevail in case of being taken to the court as this time the fee is flat for all customers. The city expects to collect the fee this month.

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