“We won”: Corporation denies EPCOR rate increase, consolidation

January 26, 2019

PHOENIX — Mayor Tom Brady called it a big win for Bullhead City residents.

The Arizona Corporation Commission on Friday rejected both a rate restructuring and consolidation proposal by EPCOR Water Arizona. Both measures failed to pass by 2-2 votes with Commissioner Sandra Kennedy obstaining.

“Ultimately, at the end of the day, our position prevailed,” said Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter.

Bullhead City’s position had been — and continues to be — that EPCOR’s rate increase request contained unnecessary adjusters that added to the cost and that consolidation amounted to “socializing” EPCOR’s rate structure among its 11 Arizona districts despite economic inequities between those areas.

“We won,” Brady said. “We won the battle, but the war’s not over.”

EPCOR responded by filing an application for interim rates, meaning that Friday’s ruling is, at worst, a reprieve for ratepayers who could have faced more than a 30 percent increase in their monthly water bills.

“It’s another small reprieve,” Cotter said. “It’s not over. They might still propose these 35 percent increases. But there is definitely going to be more time (before those rates are considered prior to implementation).”

For more, see Sunday’s edition of the Mohave Valley Daily News.

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