25-30.446. Notice of and Public Information for Application for Limited Proceeding Rate Increase  


Effective on Monday, March 1, 2004
  • 1(1) This rule applies to all requests for limited proceeding rate increases made by a water or wastewater utility.

    20(2) Upon filing a petition for limited proceeding rate increase, the utility shall mail a copy of the petition to the chief executive officer of the governing body of each municipality and county within the service areas included in the rate request. Each copy of the petition shall be accompanied by a statement that a copy of the minimum filing requirements (MFRs) set forth in Rule 8625-30.445, 87F.A.C., when accepted by the Commission can be obtained from the petitioner upon request.

    101(3) Within 30 days after the official date of the filing established by the Commission, the utility shall place a copy of the petition and the MFRs at its official headquarters and at all business offices it has in the service areas included in the rate request. Such copies shall be available for public inspection during the utility’s regular business hours. If the utility does not have a business office in a service area included in its rate request, the utility shall place a copy of the petition and the MFRs at the main county library, the local community center or other appropriate location which is within or most convenient to the service area and which is willing to accept and provide public access to the copies. If the Commission determines that these locations will not provide adequate access, the Commission will require that copies of the petition and MFRs be placed at other specified locations.

    257(4) Upon filing a petition and MFRs for a limited proceeding, the utility shall publish a notice of application in a newspaper of general circulation in the service areas included in the petition.

    290(5)(a) Within 50 days after the official date of filing established by the Commission, the utility shall provide, in writing, an initial customer notice to all customers within the service areas included in the rate request and to all persons in the same service areas who have filed a written request for service or who have been provided a written estimate for service within the 12 calendar months prior to the month the petition is filed.

    366(b) The initial customer notice must be approved by Commission staff prior to distribution and shall include the following:

    3851. The date the notice is to be issued;

    3942. A statement that the utility has filed a rate request with the Commission and a statement of the general reasons for the request;

    4183. A statement of the locations where copies of the MFRs and petition are available for public inspection and the hours and days when inspection may be made;

    4464. A comparison of current rates and charges and the proposed new rates and charges;

    4615. The utility’s address, telephone number, and business hours;

    4706. A statement that written comments regarding utility service or the proposed rates and charges should be addressed to the Office of Commission Clerk, 2540 Shumard Oak Boulevard, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0870, and that such comments should identify the docket number assigned to the proceeding;

    5147. A statement that complaints regarding service may be made to the Commission’s Office of Consumer Assistance and Outreach at the following toll-free number: 1(800) 342-3552; and

    5418. The docket number assigned by the Commission’s Office of Commission Clerk.

    553(c) The initial customer notice shall be mailed to the out-of-town address of all customers who have provided the utility with an out-of-town address.

    577(6) No less than 14 days and no more than 30 days prior to the date of a customer meeting conducted by the Commission staff, the utility shall provide written notice of the date, time, location, and purpose of the customer meeting to all customers within the service areas designated by the Commission staff. The notice must be approved by Commission staff prior to distribution. The notice shall be mailed to the out-of-town address of all customers who have provided the utility with an out-of-town address.

    663(7) If a proposed agency action order issued in the case is protested and any hearings are subsequently held, the utility shall give notice no less than 14 days and no more than 30 days prior to the date of each hearing held in or near a utility service area included in the rate request. The utility shall also have published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area in which such hearing is to be held a display advertisement stating the date, time, location, and purpose of the hearing. The notice must be approved by Commission staff prior to publication.

    765(8) After the Commission issues an order granting or denying a rate change, the utility shall notify its customers of the order and any revised rates. The customer notification must be first approved by Commission staff and shall be distributed no later than with the first bill containing any revised rates.

    816Rulemaking Authority 818350.127(2), 819367.121(1)(a) FS. 821Law Implemented 823367.0822, 824367.121(1)(a) FS. 826History–New 3-1-04.

     

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