Tishomingo EPA: Customer must pay $18,000 underbilled

county_tishomingo_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

IUKA – The Tishomingo County Electric Power Association board on Monday let stand its decision that the owner of Pattie’s One Stop must pay the full balance of an underbilling that dates back about two-and-a-half years.

A motion to rescind a vote in December 2013, establishing a payment plan for the underbilled amount, drew five votes in favor from the 12-member board. A two-thirds majority is required for such a motion to pass, so the motion failed, said board President Jimmy Marlin.

At the Dec. 17, 2013, meeting the board voted, on the recommendation of General Manager Robert Grisham, to allow business owner Pattie Ferguson to make payments over 120 months to pay off the underbilling amount.

That amount, Grisham said, was not clear Monday, but was about $18,000 and he would finalize the total with some additional charges that needed to be added.

Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley held a hearing Friday in response to Ferguson’s complaint and questions about the underbilling.

The meeting included TCEPA officials, Presley staff members, Ferguson and her supporters, TVA representatives and officials with the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi.

Though Presley found there had been no discrimination in TCEPA’s billing of Ferguson, he recommended that her charges for the underbilling be limited to six months, and that TCEPA absorb the balance.

After the failure of his motion that the board rescind its December 2013, vote to have Ferguson pay the underbilled amount, TCEPA board member Kenneth “Chubby” Clingan said he resigned from the board. However, the board voted to not accept his resignation.

One board member commented that he felt TVA “rules us” and that the board could not act independently to dismiss the bill if it chose to do so. The power association purchases power from TVA.

Grisham agreed to have a TVA representative attend the next board meeting to answer questions about how much influence TVA has over board decisions.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com

  • barney fife

    And there you have it folks — the power company is at fault and the customer gets screwed — business as usual.