Electrical Companies File Lawsuit Against Marshall County Over New 9-1-1 Fee
Two electric utility companies are suing Marshall County over a new county ordinance requiring electrical companies to charge a new monthly fee to utility members.
The lawsuit is in response to Marshall County Ordinance 2019-09, which would add a $7 fee on all active electrical meters to fund 911 services.
Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation and West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative are suing the county, Judge-Executive Kevin Neal, and county commissioners Kevin Spraggs, Justin Lamb, and Monti Collins. The utility companies allege the ordinance is unconstitutional.
The companies in a statement said “the Fiscal Court is wrong to expect a privately-owned business to carry out a function which the county government is better equipped to perform itself.”
The companies allege the ordinance was enacted without following the processes required by Kentucky law, depriving Marshall County citizens of reasonable notice.
The Fiscal Court has agreed to delay the effectiveness of the ordinance pending the outcome of the lawsuit.