PSJ commissioners clash over utility rate waiver policy

Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 09:44 AM.

Gibson said once commissioners act that action is policy.

“You’ve created the policy, you have set the precedent,” Gibson said. “From a legal standpoint you need to set the policy and then deal with this (individual bill).

“If you give this man a break tonight you set the policy. This man does not have to do anything until we set the policy.”

Michael McKenzie with Roberson and Associates said the draft policy was intended to provide fairness to all consumers of the water while being mindful that the Enterprise fund tied to utilities must balance.

If, through their action, commissioners were taking revenue out those dollars had to be replaced by cutting expenditures.

Under the draft policy the estimate was the city would lose roughly $100,000 a year.

“We would have to increase rates again, which is not something we need to do,” said Commissioner Rex Buzzett.

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