MLGW leaders are on a campaign to convince customers a rate hike will keep them out of the dark.
Memphis City Council is expected to a take a final vote on MLGW rate hikes a week from now, and the utility is making a last-ditch effort with town hall meetings.
Tuesday’s meeting was at the Glenview Community Center.
During their last meeting Council members said no to a gas rate increase, but they held off a vote on water and electric that would amount to less than $20 a month for customers over a 5-year period.
Council members say their constituents want more information about how their money would be spent on repairs to the water system and power grid before they can feel comfortable paying higher rates.
“We have a number of different rate options that we’ve put on the table,” said MLGW CEO J.T. Young.
“A number of those options do different things with the increase proposal. The one passed by the Council MLGW committee is the one that differs all increases, there are no increases in 2019. All the increases will begin in 2020.”
Young outlined an improvement plan including replacement of substation circuit breakers, cables and poles.
Improvements for water include rehabilitation of water pumping stations process control systems.
Here’s a list of remaining meetings.
Wednesday, February 13, 6 p.m.
Ed Rice Community Center
2907 N. Watkins St.
Friday, February 15, 5 p.m.
Whitehaven Community Center
4318 Graceland Dr.