Utility Bills May Be Going Up in Clarksdale

Chicot Memorial

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Customers of Clarksdale Public Utilities could be seeing higher bills next year. The CPU board met yesterday and commissioners approved a budget for fiscal year 2019 that reflects a 13.5 overall increase in revenues, or about $2.9 million, driven by a 27% increase in sewer and water revenue. A rate study is currently being conducted and CPU’s budget is based on rate increases. In executive session the board met with Clarksdale/Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce executive director Jon Levingston; he will open a dialogue with interim general manager Jim Hemphill to decide how the utility can increase its financial support of the chamber and industrial foundation. There was no discussion of the investigation by attorney Jim Herring of three suspended executives; general manager Mark Johnson, CFO Steve Reed, and communications director Chris Campos have been on paid suspension for nearly 7 weeks.



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