Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- May 01, 2014
Contact:
Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
PR-14-118

PSC To Hold Local Public Hearing In Hillsboro In M.P.B., Inc. and P.C.B., Inc. Rate Cases

JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a local public hearing in Hillsboro, Missouri on June 12, 2014, to receive public comment on sewer rate cases filed by M.P.B., Inc. and P.C.B., Inc.  The local public hearing schedule appears below.
June 12—Hillsboro.  Jefferson College-Hillsboro Campus, Arts & Sciences 1 Building, Room 117, 1000 Viking Drive.  A question and answer session will begin at 6:00 p.m. with the taking of sworn testimony from customers to follow.  This local public hearing will be held in a facility that meets the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in the hearing should call the PSC’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before the local public hearing.
On September 9, 2013, M.P.B., Inc. and P.C.B., Inc. filed sewer rate cases with the Missouri Public Service Commission.  M.P.B., Inc. sought to increase annual sewer operating revenues by approximately $3,621 in its Lake Virginia service area and by approximately $27,375 in its Villa Ridge service area.  M.P.B., Inc. serves approximately 202 sewer customers near Villa Ridge in Franklin County and near Festus (Lake Virginia) in Jefferson County.  P.C.B., Inc. sought to increase annual sewer operating revenues by approximately $48,924.  P.C.B., Inc. serves approximately 300 sewer customers near Cedar Hill and Festus in Jefferson County. 
Under the small rate case process, the PSC Staff audits the books and records of the company.  After the audit, the PSC Staff presents its findings as well as its initial recommendation for resolution of the rate requests to the Office of the Public Counsel and the company.  Based upon discussions between the PSC Staff, the Office of the Public Counsel and the company, the PSC Staff and the company reached an agreement in the rate cases.  The Office of the Public Counsel has not joined in the agreement.  The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency which represents the general public in cases before the Commission.
Under the agreement, annual sewer operating revenues would increase by approximately $9,770 in M.P.B., Inc.’s Lake Virginia service area and by approximately $40,024 in its Villa Ridge service area.  Under the agreement reached in the P.C.B., Inc. rate case, annual sewer operating revenues would increase by approximately $81,420.  The current monthly sewer rate for residential customers and those proposed under the agreement appear below.
Type of Customer--Residential                         Current Rate*                        Proposed Rate**
P.C.B., Inc.                                                                 $24.03                                     $36.21
M.P.B., Inc. (Villa Ridge Estates)                               $26.17                                      $34.25
M.P.B., Inc. (Lake Virginia)                                        $13.98                                      $29.37
* Includes interim charge approved on September 24, 2013
** Under an agreement between the PSC Staff and the sewer company    
Customers wishing to make written comments or secure additional information may contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone (573) 751-4857.  Comments may also be registered in these cases by using the Internet Electronic Filing System at http://psces/mpsc/ .  Use the link to the Public Comment section and fill in all required fields on the comment page.
 

 

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