Sept. 11, 2013 —
According to McDaniel, the matter of financial mismanagement is not connected to the proposed rate hike.
“The amount involved in that issue is so little that it has no bearing when it comes what we're asking for with the new rates. The fact is that our expenses keep going up but the rates haven't,” said McDaniel.
“This increase has been talked about for almost two years now. It's just bad timing that these two things have come out back-to back.”
According to PSC records, the district’s last rate increase was in 2010.
While no specific timetable has been set for PSC to review the proposal, it could be several months before a ruling is issued.
Rattlesnake Ridge Water District is the largest drinking water provider in Carter County. It purifies water from Grayson Lake for 4,049 customers in Carter, Elliott, Morgan and Lawrence counties.
The utility completed a $6 million expansion project earlier this year to raise its production capacity from 1.6 million gallons to 2.4 million gallons per day.
Organized in 1985, the water district has more than 700 miles of water lines, 10 pump stations and 11 storage tanks.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.