Pascagoula considers readjusting utility rates again

Pascagoula considers readjusting utility rates again

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Pascagoula city leaders are now considering readjusting the recently adjusted utility rates.

In January, the city council voted to offset a $1.85 million increase from the Jackson County Utility Authority to its residents. The new fees went into effect in the first billing cycle in February.  However, once the first few billing cycles ran, staff discovered the new fee structure would bring in more money than the city needs.

"When we put our projections together, we underestimated how much of an impact accounts with larger meters would have on the revenue stream," City Manager Joe Huffman explained.  "As soon as we realized what happened and why, we communicated it to the City Council and wanted to make sure we brought it to the public in a timely manner."

In the coming days, city staff will review all data collected over the first full run of the bills reflecting the new rates. They will then make adjustment recommendations to the city council.

A recommendation could reduce the amount of the increases passed along to customers with larger line services while still generating enough revenue to cover the cost increases from the Jackson County Utility Authority.

If it is determined that a customer has overpaid, the city will provide a credit toward future bills.

Any customer with questions may direct them to the Utility Billing Office at (228) 938-6633.

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