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City officials: Missoula can run water utility for millions less

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October 31, 2014View for printing

The city of Missoula estimates it could operate the local water company for at least $5.5 million less than a private company can - given public information available to date.

"Keeping this money in Missoula means the system is better maintained over time, pure and simple," Mayor John Engen said in an email.

In a statement, however, Mountain Water Co. president John Kappes said the city's assessment is unrealistic and its case is disingenuous because it still lacks a clear financial plan for operations.

By Keila Szpaller

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Reader Comments:

Sounds like the Mayor of Missoula learned his accounting from the likes of Enron. I'm sorry but I believe Mtn Water company provide the citizens much value, great service and an important resource at a fair price. They also protected the acquifer!

I'll side with Mtn Water and John on this ALL THE WAY.

Bryant Ralston

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