Missouri American Water has filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) for a 19.63% rate increase to the base rates for both its water and wastewater customers. The 19.63% increase is somewhat misleading as Parkville does not contract through Missouri American Water for wastewater treatment and a large part of the increase is due to the sewer operations managed by Missouri American Water.
Presently, our district is charged at a rate needed to operate the Parkville facility. Part of Missouri American Water’s proposal includes the consolidation of Mexico and Jefferson City into Platte County. If the PSC approves this regional consolidation of rates, the average water customer in Platte County could see a reduction -9.64% or about $6.00 per month. It is unknown how the rate commission will rule, but there was a similar consolidation approved recently in the Branson area.
A public hearing is scheduled on February 1, 2016, at Riverside City Hall, 2950 W. Vivion Road. A question and answer session will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by public testimony at 12:00 p.m. We encourage residents to attend the hearing so the rate commission understands the impact on our residents if the consolidation is not approved. We understand the time is difficult for many of our residents wishing to attend the hearing; however, the time, date and location for the hearing was determined by the PSC. Residents unable to attend the public hearing are encouraged to send comments in writing via the PSC website http://psc.mo.gov/ to support a regional consolidation of water rates.
We will keep the public informed should any additional information regarding the rate hearing become available.