Century Shuffles Fund Balances So Gas Department Can Pay The Bills : NorthEscambia.com

Rising costs across the board left the Century City Gas Department without enough money on the books to pay its bills without help from other city corporate funds.

City Council approved the transfer of $50,000 from the water utility and $25,000 from the garbage fund. It is expected that the $75,000 will allow the gas utility to meet its obligations until the end of the fiscal year, September 30.

“Due to the unforeseen high price of natural gas, the revenue from the Gas Department Funds is insufficient to pay all bills,” City Clerk Leslie Howington wrote in a council agenda item. She said the increased cost of doing business — from vehicle fuel to supplies and equipment — also hurt the bottom line.

This isn’t the first time other city funds have been used to support gas utility operations. In September 2019, Century’s gas service losses topped $1 million. This prompted the city to get to work replacing inaccurate residential and commercial meters and correcting billing issues.