WILLIAMSON – On Thursday, March 10, Williamson resident, Shawn Williamson, shared on social media the Public Service Commission (PSC) Staff’s offer to settle the Williamson Water and Sewer Rate.
Williamson started a petition to protest a nearly 50 percent water and sewer increase that was proposed in August. As a result of the petition, the rate increase was halted and investigated by the PSC.
At a public comment hearing in January, Williamson was granted intervenor status. Staff Attorney for the PSC, Linda Bouvette also presented the Staff’s recommended rates at the public comment hearing.
The post is allegedly from an email sent to Williamson from Bouvette which states, “The water file contains a cash flow supporting stipulated rates, a revenue reconciliation and a rate comparison sheet. The water rates reflect three steps. Step 1 reflects both Senate Bill 234 funds and the Veolia arrearage and is a $204,516 increase in annual revenue or 13.46 percent over current rates including ARH at the tariff rates.
The revenue reconciliation reflects that Staff Recommended Rates Step 1, while it was a $167,792 increase only $2,213 resulted from residential, commercial, industrial, public authority and Mingo PSD, and at the Stipulated Rates Step 1 an increase of $149,668 results from the same group. It reflects adjustments to Staff’s filed case for the Veolia arrearage increasing to $167,595 annually for three years, an increase of $6,208 for rate case expense, Mountain Water test year volumes priced at $1.68, ARH volumes priced at the Mountain Water rate and ARH at the minimum bill rate. For Stipulated Step 1 Rates, Staff recommended rates – step 1 for residential, commercial and Mingo PSD are increased by a straight percentage. This results in stipulated rates for residential and commercial of an approximate 14.3% increase and a resale rate of $2.20 per thousand gallons for Mingo PSD.”
“The sewer file contains a cash flow supporting stipulated rates and a rate comparison sheet. The sewer rates reflect three steps. Step 1 reflects both Senate Bill 234 funds and the Veolia arrearage and is a $250,489 decrease in annual revenue or a 13.08% decrease over current rates. It reflects adjustments to Staff’s filed case for the Veolia arrearage increasing to $167,595 annually for three years, an increase of $6,208 for rate case expense. The Stipulated Step 1 rates reflect a straight percentage decrease to current rates of approximately a 13.1 percent decrease.”
“Please be advised that I spoke with Judge George this afternoon regarding a possible settlement of both rate cases. I noted that board approval of the settlements from the City Council, the Water/Sewer Board, the Mingo PSD Board and the Mountain Water District Board was required.”
“Staff recommends that the current and arrearage payments to Veolia be escrowed with an escrow agent who will be authorized by an agreement between it and the City to make monthly payments to Veolia. That should ensure that no future arrearage will occur.”
(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.)