Journal-World classified (published 02/22/2012)
Thursday, February 9, 2012)
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
CONCERNING WATER SERVICE RATE INCREASE REQUEST
Suburban Water, Inc., d/b/a Suburban Water Company (Suburban Water), has filed an
application with the Kansas Corporation Commission (Commission) requesting a
$296,280 increase in rates for water service representing an annual revenue increase
of approximately 28.1%. A customer using 7,000 gallons per month will see its monthly
bill increase by $19.15.
Suburban Water is a privately-owned water public utility serving approximately 1,530
residential and small commercial customers in Leavenworth County, Kansas, with offices located at 1216 N. 155th Street, Basehor, Kansas.
In its application, Suburban Water stated the $296,280 increase is necessary to recover
the increase in the normal cost of service items such as operating and maintenance
expenses and payroll and employee benefit expenses which have increased since
March 2007. It is also seeking to recover the 7.5% increase in the cost of water under
its Board of Public Utilities, an administrative agency of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas (BPU), water supply contract that went into effect
on January 1, 2012. The Company is also seeking approval of its contract amendment
with BPU and a Purchase Water Adjustment tariff that would allow the utility to pass
through future water supply costs to customers without having to file a general rate
case. Suburban Water's last general rate case was filed in 2007.
A comparison of the current and proposed rates is as follows:
CURRENT RATE PROPOSED RATE
Customer Charge 1 $20.00 $21.00
Commodity Charge per 1,000 gallons $7.86 $9.33
The Commission regulates public utilities including home telephone, natural gas, electric and water companies, as well as motor carriers, oil and gas pipeline, and oil and
gas producers. The Commission's regulatory oversight of public utilities primarily
pertains to rates and terms of service. In order to ensure that customers of regulated
utilities are provided sufficient and efficient service at just and reasonable rates, utilities may not change their rates without Commission approval.
The Commission has scheduled a public hearing to provide Suburban Water customers
an opportunity to ask questions and make comments about the proposal. The public
hearing is scheduled as follows: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, beginning at 6:00 p.m.,
Community Library, 1400 North 158th Street, Basehor, Kansas 66007 .
Any person requiring special accommodations at the hearing under the Americans
with Disabilities Act needs to provide notice to the Commission at least 10 days prior
to the scheduled hearing by calling: (785) 271-3140.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
Suburban Water customers who are unable to attend the public hearing may submit
written comments. The Commission will accept written comments from Suburban
Water's customers through May 1, 2012. Comments regarding this case should reference Docket No. 12 SUBW 359 RTS and may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or
sent to the Kansas Corporation Commission, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer
Protection, 1500 S.W. Arrowhead Road, Topeka, Kansas 66604 4027.
An evidentiary hearing has been scheduled for May 7, 2012, through May 9, 2012, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission's First Floor Hearing Room, 1500 SW Arrowhead
Road, Topeka, Kansas 66604 4027. At this hearing, the Commission Staff, Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board (CURB), company representatives, and any interveners will present their cases to the Commission.
A complete copy of Suburban Water's application and supporting testimony is available on the Commission's website at: http://www.kcc.ks.gov , searching Docket Filings
for Docket No. 12 SUBW 359 RTS. If you need additional assistance or more information
about the proposed rate increase or how to submit public comments to the Commission, contact the Commission's Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection at
1-800-662-0027, or at email@example.com .
1 Current customer charge includes first 1,000 gallons usage, proposed customer
charge does not include first 1,000 gallons usage.