City Commission candidate Steve Stewart proposes changes for utility management
6:45 AM, May. 2, 2012 | Written by TaMaryn Waters Tallahassee Democrat Staff Writer
Tallahassee City Commission candidate Steve Stewart is taking another shot at reforming how the city manages utilities and its citizen committee with a few suggestions he contends are necessary.
Stewart, an electrical engineer by trade who unsuccessfully ran against Mayor John Marks in 2010, said the existing committee on utilities should report directly to the City Commission instead of City Manager Anita Favors Thompson. He also said the committee should have commissioner appointments and allow public input during meetings.
“Most other municipalities in Florida already have either independent authorities or citizens utility committees that report directly to the City Commission and are appointed by commissioners,” Stewart said in a statement. “This arrangement provides city commissioners with an independent perspective on electric-utility issues from qualified local residents, while also giving elected officials greater authority to make objective decisions.”
He is also proposing the city a business advocate position that could serve as a case manager for businesses to expand or move to Tallahassee.
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