Council Members Consider 'Trust-Building' Measures Around Potential JEA Sale

Mar 8, 2018

JEA’s income has dipped over the last decade, according to a presentation Thursday before a special City Council committee that’s considering selling the publicly-owned company.

Conservation programs and efficiency upgrades could be behind the 10-percent drop in electric sales and 14 percent drop in water sales.

But some members of the committee say they — and the public — need more information to get a complete picture of JEA’s finances.

Councilman John Crescimbeni has a few ideas for building trust.

“An independent, special mediator or advisor — whatever you want to call that person — that can help us procure or validate information that we receive and again, I’ve been approached by a local foundation that’s willing to underwrite that cost up to a limit,” he said.

As the examination continues, Crescimbeni is also asking city lawyers to research what kind of subpoena power the committee has and whether they could compel witnesses to testify under oath.

Reporter Ryan Benk can be reached at, at (904) 358 6319 or on Twitter @RyanMichaelBenk.