REVIEWER: Kim Simpson, chief financial officer for the City of Gainesville Regional Utilities.

BACKGROUND: In 1912, when a private electric company threatened to turn off the streetlights in Gainesville, Florida, over a disputed bill of $7.30, the citizens fought back by operating their own electric company. Now 90 years later, City of Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) has grown, providing not only electricity, but also gas, water, wastewater services and telecommunications services to almost 80,000 customers.

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