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Chattanooga City Council passes off millions in EPB overbilling

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Zach Smith assembles the wiring for a LED streetlight at Global Green Lighting's facility. Times Free Press photo Zach Smith assembles the wiring for a LED streetlight at Global Green Lighting's facility. Times Free Press photo
The City Council on Tuesday brushed off warnings that city-owned utility EPB may have overbilled Chattanooga taxpayers for millions of dollars in electricity that was never consumed.

Following an attorney-client privileged meeting that excluded members of the public, council members postponed for two weeks any decision or discussion of the city's 27,000-streetlight replacement program, which city auditor Stan Sewell revealed has been tainted by erroneous bills from EPB.

Sewell found that while EPB through the years has replaced many of its high-wattage mercury vapor lights with lower-wattage high-pressure sodium lights, taxpayers were still paying millions of dollars in higher electric bills for lights that were no longer on the poles.

"As they replaced the mercury vapor lights, that was not reflected in the flat-rate billing," Sewell said Tuesday.

Read more from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


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