Thursday, Jan 7, 2016
* The SJ-R reports that the Springfield City Council is set to vote on a resolution to urge the state to pay $9 million in utility bills owed to City Water Light and Power, including $6 million that is past due…
The resolution notes that having millions of dollars in overdue bills “is causing a hardship to the operation of the city of Springfield.”
In a Monday memo to Mayor Jim Langfelder, CWLP chief utilities engineer Doug Brown wrote that the city-owned utility has sent out late notices to all of its state accounts, and that a disconnection would be possible in the future if the state continues to be in arrears.
But that doesn’t mean shutting off power to the Capitol and other state facilities is imminent. Langfelder has said that would be a last resort.
“We’re still at the point where we’re working with the state to find out what they can do,” Brown said this week, noting that the state’s nonpayment of its utility bills “is starting to be more of a struggle” for CWLP.