WILLIAMSON – The Public Service Commission (PSC) has scheduled a public hearing at the Williamson Fire Station, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 to receive evidence and public comment concerning the investigation and suspension of increase in water rates.
In August of 2016, the city of Williamson adopted an ordinance increasing water rates. In a Notice of Public Hearing issued by the PSC the document states that, “The City of Williamson proposed increasing residential rates 50 percent; commercial rates 52 percent; industrial rates 57.1 percent and the resale rate to the Mingo County Public District by 111.2 percent; and no increase to the resale rate of the Mountain Water District.”
A petition was circulated by citizens in Williamson concerning the rate increase asking the PSC to suspend the rates and conduct and investigation.
The order continues and states that on Sept. 9 2015, the PSC invoked jurisdiction over the water rates.
Public comment and concerns will be heard during the hearing. The order states that, “The matter has been set for hearing on Jan. 26 2016 to receive evidence and public comment immediately following the hearing scheduled, which has been set for 10 a.m. in the Williamson Fire Station (Grover C. Phillips Emergency Services) building, second floor on 107 East Fourth Avenue.”
Those interested in presenting written comment to the Commission must do so before the hearing date. The order states that, “Interested individuals may appear at hearing and be heard regarding the proposed rate increase. Rates ultimately approved by the Commission may be more than, less than or the same as those adopted by the Utility. Interested individuals may also present written comment to the Commission on or before the date of the hearing by mailing such comments to the Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 812, Charleston WV, 25323 and referring to Case No. 15-1480-W-MA.”
(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.)