Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove and several union leaders are against a plan to replace old MLGW meters with new smart readers.
During a town hall meeting Monday evening Councilwoman Fullilove claims the new meters can lead to inaccurate utility bills and cause fire hazards.
Though representatives with MLGW were not at the meeting, they did say smart meters send information back to its headquarters and help get rid of the need for meter readers.
"People want to have a say, don't want to be forced into saying we're going to have smart meters," Fullilove said. "They have no idea what it's about, so let us have a referendum."
The plan is for MLGW to install 60,000 smart meters across the city.