Hannibal’s BPW customers pay the same Union Labor Rates as utility customers in St. Louis and Kansas City. BPW General Manager Robert Stevenson is the highest paid Hannibal City Employee at $126,000/yr. That is $7 for every man woman and child in Hannibal (population 18,000). In other cities, the City Manager is in charge of the utilities. That would save utility customers a lot of money. It gets even stranger than that. The City of Hannibal has a finance director. Guess what? BPW has a finance director also. Poor Hannibal, where 22% of residents live in poverty, can no longer afford the BPW. Take a look at some of these outrageous Union Labor Rates! A temporary laborer starts out at $16.16 per hour! What the heck is going on.
It’s time to spin off some of the BPW Utilities. Private companies would not have labor unions and can do a better job for a lot less money.