PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Pascagoula City Council held a special meeting Monday to discuss the recent utility rate increases.
Councilman David Tadlock said they need to make sure they're capturing the $1.8 million revenue they need for the Jackson County Utility Authority. But Councilwoman-at-Large Brenda Simkins said the numbers the JCUA is giving them aren't adding up.
Simkins said if the city collects at the rate proposed, and everyone pays, they may be accidentally collecting more than $250,000 in excess of what they told the public.
Mayor Harry Blevins said the city has been getting a high volume of calls about the utility billing increases. He'd like to look at a few billing cycles before making any decisions, so they can get all the glitches worked out.
Councilman Tadlock agreed with the mayor on waiting through a few billing cycles. But he also said the council should be very transparent with residents about what they're doing, and why.
Council members said they're trying to be very transparent with customers about the utility rates.