Crestview council and Gulf Power fixing streetlight billing

Published: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

In reviewing lighting bills, Steele also found other inconsistencies.

"They charge us different prices for the same light in different places in the city," Steele reported to the City Council.

Steele said Gulf Power is working closely with the city to address the discrepancies. The utility will compare the city's streetlight assessment map with its own lighting information.

"They've stepped in to partner with the city," Steele said. "We have a good relationship with Gulf Power. We found discrepancies that need to be addressed and they're working with us."

"We are working with the city of Crestview to determine not only ways to help the city save money, but also to work out these discrepancies," Gulf Power spokeswoman Natalie Smith said.

Steele also said Gulf Power moved to immediately stop charging the city its own franchise fee on monthly bills.

Though the utility reimburses the fee to the city, "I'd rather the city keep their money rather than give it to Gulf Power for a month and then get it back," Steele said.

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