FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- June 16, 2014
Contact: Kevin Kelly (573) 751-9300
MEDIA REMINDER -- PSC To Hold Local Public Hearing In Owensville In Peaceful Valley Service Company Rate Cases
JEFFERSON CITY---The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a local public hearing in Owensville, Missouri on June 25, 2014, to receive public comment on water and sewer rate cases filed by Peaceful Valley Service Company. The local public hearing schedule appears below.
June 25—Owensville. Owensville City Hall, 107 West Sears Avenue. A question and answer session will begin at 5:30 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 November 20, 2013, Peaceful Valley Service Company filed water and sewer rate cases with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The company sought to increase annual sewer operating revenues by approximately $93,840. Peaceful Valley Service Company did not seek a rate increase for water.
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 parties, 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 $5,125 and annual water revenues would be reduced by approximately $646. The current quarterly water and sewer rate for residential customers and those proposed under the agreement appear below.
Type of Customer--Residential Current Rate Proposed Rate*
Water $29.24 quarterly $28.71 quarterly
Sewer $33.53 quarterly $40.81 quarterly
* Under an agreement between the PSC Staff and Peaceful Valley Service Company
Peaceful Valley Service Company serves approximately 176 sewer customers and 179 water customers in Gasconade County near Owensville, Missouri.