Some Shelby County Mayors want representation on MLGW board


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – It’s kind of a modern day version of taxation without representation.

Memphis Light, Gas and Water can raise their rates, if they get Memphis City Council approval.

What about all the other people that don’t live in Memphis.

Here’s what folks in Collierville get, according to Mayor Stan Joyner.

“We get to pay our bill every month.”

It’s the same thing in Millington, Arlington, Bartlett, Lakeland, Germantown, Collierville.

Every community uses services from Memphis Light Gas and Water.

Only the big burg of Memphis has any representation…only Memphis has any say in whether to keep the rates the same or raise them.

It is why there is a move to have at least one representative from Shelby County on the MLGW board.

Lakeland Mayor Mike Cunningham likes the sound of that, saying “I think it would be a good thing that every area has representation there because we are all affected by what they come up with and what they do.”

Mayor Joyner says sometimes it feels like Collierville is at the end of the line as far as MLGW is concerned.

 “I think it will give, you know, more of a community wide input into that,” he says, but adds, ” Of course, it is MEMPHIS Light, Gas and Water.”

Oh yeah…that’s right.

It is called Memphis Light Gas and Water because it is owned by Memphis.

But Shelby County Commission Chairman Mark Billingsley says with word that the utility company will again try for another rate increase… maybe its time to try again in getting Shelby County representation.

“We are great collaborators,” Billingsley says, “… but it’s hard to be a member of the team if you’re not on the team. So I do believe i’ll continue to say we need representation on the MLGW board as well as other commissioners.”

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