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Jerry Hurley named Municipal Judge

By Courtney Pigman - [email protected]

WILLIAMSON – The city of Williamson filed a motion for a one week extension to a procedural order entered by the Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting that a bill analysis for the year 2014 be submitted by Friday, Nov.6.

The motion for extension requested the extension to allow time to properly review the data necessary for the analysis. The motion explained, “The City had to obtain from its software provider the data necessary for the preparation of the analysis. Said information was provided to the City’s accountant late on Nov. 3, 2015.” The motion continues stating, “In order to permit sufficient time for the review of the data and preparation of the document, the City requests an extension of one week to file the bill analysis.”

The procedural order entered on Oct. 28 explained that the city of Williamson should be required to provide a bill analysis for the year 2014. The procedural order states, “Williamson should be required to prepare a bill analysis. Williamson is much more familiar with its data and its customers than is Staff (PSC). A proper bill analysis is critical to determine the reasonableness of the adopted rates especially when a class cost of service study is required in order to examine the reasonableness of the rates across different classes of customers. The facts in this case cry out for a class cost of service study given that the proposed rates treated resale customers in dramatically different ways with no rate increase for one customer and a 111.2 percent increase for another customer of the same class. A proper bill analysis is essential for the Commission (PSC) to determine if the adopted rates are reasonable.”

The procedural order continues stating, “There appears to be a dispute between Staff (PSC) and Williamson on the proper test year. Given that the rate ordinance appears to have been based on a 2014 test year, it is proper for the Staff to examine a 2014 test year in reviewing the rates. Williamson should be required to prepare a bill analysis using a 2014 test year by Nov. 6, 2015.”

The procedural order was filed in response to a previous document filed by the city of Williamson on Oct. 26 requesting that the 2015 test year be used to represent the current financial situation of the city. The document states, “The City continues to desire to cooperate with the Staff (PSC) but respectfully submits that the Staff request would require the City to undertake costly and time consuming work to perform the bill analysis. Further, regardless of whether the City is required to prepare and submit a bill analysis, it is also respectfully submitted that a 2015 test year would be more representative of the City’s current financial condition.”

If the request for an extension is granted, the City of Williamson will have until Friday Nov. 13 to submit the bill analysis for the 2014 test year.

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)

Jerry Hurley named Municipal Judge

By Courtney Pigman

[email protected]

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