Pontotoc gas to lower rates – again

By Emily Le Coz

TUPELO – Effective immediately, Pontotoc Gas System will waive its standard $11 minimum monthly fee and instead charge customers on usage alone.

Northern District Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley told the Daily Journal on Friday that his office ordered the change upon learning of the minimum monthly fee.

Pontotoc Mayor Jeff Stafford confirmed the situation, and said the utility’s minimum bill now will be $7.14. That’s the most recent recorded price per MMBTU on file with the Public Service Commission.

If customers use no gas, they will be charged nothing.

It’s the second such rate change this week. On Monday, the city-owned utility agreed to lower its fee per MMBTU from $9.56 to $7.14 after Presley’s office found the rate had been set higher than the actual cost of operating.

Stafford said overage wasn’t intentional.

Although Presley has jurisdiction only on the utility’s customers outside the city limits, Stafford said all 6,000 gas users on the system will see the new rates.

Read Saturday’s Daily Journal for the full story.