MLGW adjusts budget, tracks ‘customer minutes interrupted’

By , Daily Memphian Published: March 20, 2019 12:08 PM CT
<strong>MLGW has cut $40.9 million in net spending from its operating budget as a result of the City Council's February rejection of multi-year water and electric rate hikes and a proposed 3 percent one-year increase in natural gas rates. The cuts include $16.3 million in miscellaneous spending, another $14.4 million in tree trimming and similar environmental line items, $7.7 million from a 50 percent cut in planned overtime spending and $2.6 million from cutting 18 positions.</strong> (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian file)

MLGW has cut $40.9 million in net spending from its operating budget as a result of the City Council's February rejection of multi-year water and electric rate hikes and a proposed 3 percent one-year increase in natural gas rates. The cuts include $16.3 million in miscellaneous spending, another $14.4 million in tree trimming and similar environmental line items, $7.7 million from a 50 percent cut in planned overtime spending and $2.6 million from cutting 18 positions. (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian file)

The political battle over MLGW rates and calls for upgrades in the utility's infrastructure shows every sign of returning for another budget year.

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