KUA to Trim Community Sponsorships in 2009

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., August 15, 2008 – Feeling the pressures of the current economic climate, the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors this week approved a 20 percent cut in community sponsorships for 2009. The total is in addition to a 13 percent cut in sponsorship funding that was made earlier this year during the utility’s budgeting process.

The combined cuts equal $68,694 or $1.09 per utility customer over the next year. The board also directed staff to bring back options on how the unused funds could be used to benefit all utility customers.

KUA has a long history of reaching out in countless ways to help fulfill the needs of the community. The utility’s funding of and partnerships with other organizations and agencies that share its commitment to the community are an important part of this outreach.

Last year, KUA and its employees supported more than 250 community projects and activities that reached an estimated 325,000 individuals.

The American Public Power Association in June presented its national 2008 Community Service Award to KUA for the utility’s longstanding commitment to serving the needs of the local community.

Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836