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Make Good On Your Promise City Manager Bagby

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On May 1, 2013, I informed City Council that Bill Bach had not turned in the required Fuel Factor calculations since 2007 and further stated that Bill Bach should either resign or be fired. Councilman Brannum stated he would like to discuss the Fuel Factor issue at an upcoming meeting.

City Manager Bagby then promised “I can get you accurate information [on the fuel factor].” (12:00 mins on the City Council Video)

It’s now June and Council has had three open meetings and Bagby still has not presented the “more accurate” Fuel Factor information. These calculations are required by City policy to be calculated every six months.

According to City Clerk Pam Kearbey the city doesn’t have calculations on file since 2007. However the Fuel Factor is increased every year.

I’ve shown possible calculations based on two months of invoices turned over to me by Municipal Utilities after a Sunshine Request, that the city could be overcharging the fuel factor by 1/2 cent and as much as 3 cents per kilowatt.

You’ve had plenty of time to get your ducks in a row, Mr. Bagby. Show us the information at tonight’s meeting so we can have the confidence that the City is not overcharging its own citizens.

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Written by Brian Becker

After graduating from Mizzou with Computer and Electrical Engineering degrees in 1985, Brian Becker spent a decade singing Christian Rock and being a labeled artist with Benson Music Group of Nashville. In 1995, he and several investors started the area's first Internet Service called PBMO.net and by 2000 the company was serviing Internet access in over 50 communities throughout Southeast Missouri as SEMO.net. In July 2014, Becker again made a major pivot and became Publisher of the SEMO TIMES: a weekly print and daily online news and entertainment source for the region.