Transmission costs are going up as Clarksdale Public Utilities prepares to end the current fiscal year and begin the next one in October, said general manager Curtis Boschert.
CPU amended the 2020-21 budget during Tuesday’s meeting. The 2021-22 budget is expected to be voted on during the September 28 meeting.
“We’ve had higher purchases for power. That’s been bigger so we had to adjust that,” said Boschert about amending the current budget. “The power purchases have gone up and most of that’s related to transmission costs, which are going up.”
That will be taken into consideration for the upcoming budget.
“The trend is the transmission and the electric distribution systems across the country have risen significantly the last couple of years,” Boschert said. “We’ve had a lot more of that over the summer. Of course, we’re looking into it and making sure these charges are accurate.”
However, Boschert said the increases are nationwide trends.
The board also approved the advertisement for sealed proposals for electric line construction and maintenance as engineer Jeff Atwell and Boschert recommended.
“What we’re looking for is to get some contract help on line maintenance,” Boschert said.
The board also approved an advertisement for sealed proposals for 13 KV electric utility upgrades and replacements at Eastgate and Windcrest apartment complexes as Atwell and Boschert recommended.
“They’re having a lot of trouble so we’re just getting a quote on somebody coming in and replacing all of that overhead.”
CPU has 80 employees and serves approximately 6,800 homes.
CPU Commissioners are appointed to five-year terms by the Clarksdale Board of Mayor and Commissioners and may be reappointed when their term expires.