Boothbay Region Water District
The Boothbay Region Water District gives notice to the public that on September 20, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at the Southport Town Office, 361 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport, the trustees of the Boothbay Region Water District will hold a public hearing to discuss and hear comments on a proposed water rate increase.
|Effective on 1 January 2019|
|Customer Class||% Revenue Increase||$ Revenue Increase|
|Other Revenues||-62.10%||$ (112,252.00)|
|Private Fire Protection||68.75%||$ 21,542.00|
|Public Fire Protection||43.12%||$ 311,756.00|
|Overall Increase||33.15||$ 858,665.00|
Public fire protection rates are determined pursuant to Chapter 69 of the Public Utilities Commission Rules.
Rates are to become effective on January 1, 2019. Since its last adjustment in 2014, the District has been incurring continuous increases in operating, maintenance and debt service costs. All classes of customers will now be based on a minimum of 600 cubic feet (formerly 900 cubic feet), and all minimums and excess usage charges are the same. Percentage increases may vary because of a recalculation in meters over 2”. In the past few years, the District has implemented a surcharge on rates in order to meet some of the debt service costs, but those surcharges will no longer be a part of the customer billing once the new rates are in place.
Pursuant to 35-A MRSA Section (6104), a customer has the right to request additional information relating to the present and proposed rates from the District, the right to an open and fair hearing, and the right to assistance from the Public Advocate. Customers also have the right under 35-A MRSA Section (6104) to petition the Maine Public Utilities Commission to suspend and investigate the District’s rates pursuant to 35-A MRSA Section 310, if, on or before October 20, 2018, Four Hundred and Fifty Four (454) of the District’s customers (15% of customers or 1000 customers, whichever is less) file with the Boothbay Region Water District’s General Manager, Jonathon Ziegra, and with the Public Utilities Commission, c/o Administrative Director, State House Station #18, Augusta, ME 04333-0018, a petition or petitions demanding review by the PUC of the proposed rate changes. Signatures on the petitions filed pursuant to Section 7 are invalid unless accompanied by the printed names and addresses of the signers. Upon request the District will provide customers with petition forms that include space for the signatures and the printed names and addresses of the signers.
A copy of material supporting the proposed rate changes will be available at the Boothbay Region Water District Office for inspection on and after August 17, 2018. If you have any questions or desire additional information, you may call Jonathon Ziegra, Boothbay Region Water District General Manager, at 207-633-4723, or the Administrative Director of the PUC at (207) 287-3831. For additional assistance, contact the Public Advocate, State House Station #112, Augusta, ME 04333-0112, (207) 624-3687.
Board of Trustees
Boothbay Region Water District
PUC Docket #2018-00232