customers getting rate cuts
By SUE WATSON
All customers with the Holly Springs
Utility Department (HSUD) will receive a decrease in their electricity
rates beginning in October. The rate decrease was announced at the September
5 board of aldermen meeting.
Residential customers will pay 3.9859 percent
less per unit of electricity. Rate cuts for commercial and industrial
customers will vary depending on the units of power used.
The average percent rate cut for all customers
is 4.1148 percent.
Outdoor lighting energy rates will decrease
by 3.666 percent.
HSUD customers now can pay their bills
online or by telephone, according to HSUD’s accounts manager Dee
To pay a bill over the Internet, go to
paybill.com/hsutilities. To pay by phone and credit card call 1-866-385-3596.
Pay by phone is a third party billing partner arrangement with HSUD. Customers
will pay a small fee to the third party for the service, Miller said.
In other business, the board of aldermen:
- passed a motion in executive session to offer the police chief’s
and HSUD general manager’s positions to one of the applicants
in each pool. The board did not announce who the jobs were offered to,
preferring to wait until candidates had time to either accept or decline
- authorized a letter of intent to enter a cap loan not to exceed $1
million with Mississippi Development Corporation.
- approved a resolution to accept a hazard mitigation plan drawn up
by Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District which covers
Alcorn, Tishimingo, Benton, Tippah and Marshall counties. Filing of
a hazards mitigation plan is required in order for the municipalities
and counties to be reimbursed after natural disasters such as floods,
earthquakes and tornadoes, according to fire chief Ken Holbrook.
He said one goal laid out in the plan is to provide safe and adequate
water and power if a disaster struck.
- approved a special exception to allow the construction of a road
for ingress and egress through a private property to a subdivision.
The developer requested and was granted a waving of curb and gutter
requirements for the road on condition that, if the property along the
new road is developed, the owner will bring the road up to subdivision
- learned that a State Tax Commission audit determined that a discrepancy
in tourism tax collections in the city uncovered in June shows a business
located outside Holly Springs paid tourism taxes on a tax number of
a second business operated in the city. Close to $36,000 in tourism
taxes may have to be refunded.
- approved a resolution of intent to issue $2.5 million in interest-bearing
revenue bonds for improvements and repairs of HSUD’s electricity
In recessed meetings last month the board approved a special resolution
August 22 declaring an emergency necessity to continue to allow ASCO
sanitation services to collect and dispose of garbage for the city.
The order was necessary due to the pending expiration of the contract
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