General Information

BRIEF HISTORY

Morristown Utilities Commission was formed by a private act of the State Legislature in 1901 under the legal name “The Board of Electric Lights and Water Works Commissioners of The City of Morristown. Morristown Utility Systems provides utility services in and around the municipal boundaries of the City of Morristown to approximately 15,000 customers. 

MAJOR INITIATIVES  — LOW COST SERVICE

A major goal of Morristown Utility Commission is to continue to provide low cost service to our customers. An important factor to low power rates is low power line losses. Over the most recent ten year period, Morristown Power System operated with an average loss rate less than 2.50%. Maintenance of this low loss rate has been accomplished through transformer loss evaluations, efficient line design, and continuous monitoring of substation load to maintain even load distribution.

An important factor to low water rates is low loss rates in both production and distribution. Over the most recent ten year period, Morristown Water System operated with an average loss rate of less than 9.0%. Maintenance of this low loss rate has been accomplished through continuing loss evaluations, efficient line design, and continuous monitoring of the production process to ensure the process is as efficient as possible.

 The Wastewater System provides clean, efficient recycling of byproducts to support the quality of life of the community. With an ongoing plan of infrastructure replacement and upgrade, the Wastewater System meets the most stringent requirements for system leak prevention.

 The Telecommunications System provides video, Internet, phone and other advanced services with technology not available through the competition. Their purpose is to provide local service with low rates to enhance economic development.

All of these efforts, along with a highly motivated and dedicated work force, have allowed the Commission to remain a low cost utility provider for the East Tennessee Valley. 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION  — THE SYSTEM AS AN ENTERPRISE FUND

The Commission operates as an enterprise fund of The City of Morristown. This being the case, the Commission funds its expenditures through its rates and charges and receives no income from City taxes. The Commission recommends rates annually to provide for anticipated cash outlays for operating expenses and capital improvement requirements.

INDEPENDENT AUDIT

The System has an annual audit performed by independent certified public accountants. The firm of Coulter & Justus, P.C., was selected by the Board.