PSC to Make Decision on United Water Rate Increase

The Public Commission is set to make a decision on the proposed United Water rate hike at a meeting on Thursday. The company asked for an increase in revenue of $21.3 million, which would cost homeowners in Rockland 19.8% more on annual bills. Opponents of the increase have been speaking out since April, Legislator Harriet Cornell stating that the company has been known to be fiscally mismanaged, the quality of service does not match other utility providers in New York, and that because of these she hopes that the PSC will consider the tax payers in their decision. According to United Water spokeswoman Deb Rizzi, the company has tried to keep up reliable services, but the costs will no longer cover it and the rate increase is necessary for improvement in services. In April two state judges recommended that the company ask for 15% instead of the 19.8% increase, giving them an $11.1 million rise in revenue. In a separate request United Water is asking for a special rate increase to help cover the cost of the proposed $56.8 million water treatment plant.

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