Friday, March 2, 2007

Hundreds of MLGW Customers Owe Big Bills

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Edmund Ford isn’t the only one not paying his utility bill. The Flyer requested a list of Memphis Light, Gas, and Water (MLGW) customers owing more than $5,000, and hundreds of businesses, branches of city and county government, residential customers, and even MLGW itself are deep in the red.

The Memphis Cook Convention Center takes the cake with the highest unpaid utility bill — $801,205. Other commercial customers topping the list: City of Memphis ($741,036), the Memphis Public Works Department ($736,489), the Veteran's Administration Hospital ($167,011), and the Fairview Street of office of the Memphis Housing Authority ($113,540).

Also on the list: The Commercial Appeal’s parent company, Memphis Publishing Company ($79,784); The Town of Collierville ($75,784); Blues City Baseball (the Memphis Redbirds) $70,816; AutoZone ($47,919); Time Warner Telecom ($11,025); Muvico Theaters ($18,331); the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) ($7,499); First Congregational Church ($7,570); International Paper ($9,524); and Shelby County Government ($5,757).

The list even includes some of MLGW’s branch offices. One on Humphrey Blvd. owes $39,208. Another on Dunlap owes 24,793, and one on Dison owes $63,087.

- Bianca Phillips

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