City Councilor Mike Rimcoski said today that the city is owed at least $380,000 from Connecticut Light & Power for mistakes in past streetlighting bills.
"We feel we've got hard case evidence" to prove it, Rimcoski said, and officials intend to fight for every penny.
Rimcoski said the City Council tonight is likely to set a 45-day window to finish searching for past errors before taking the case to higher authorities.
Rimcoski said the utility, which offered the city about $86,000 a year and a half ago, will almost certainly fight the claim. Dozens of other municipalities are also challenging CL&P's figures.
Rimcoski said that the city is working closely with Municipal Energy, a consulting firm hired last year to help squeeze more money from CL&P.
Councilors are expected to approve the effort to get more cash for old mistakes in billing for lights that didn't exist.
The city shells out about $800,000 annually to the power company, Rimcoski said.
Rimcoski said the city has the records to prove its case.
He said that if CL&P doesn't pay up, the city will ask for assistance from Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and from the state Department of Utility Control.
"We're holding our ground," Rimcoski said.
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