REMARKS OF SEEMA M. SINGH, ESQ.
PRESENTED BY SUSAN E. McCLURE, ESQ., ADRA,
DIVISION OF RATEPAYER ADVOCATE
Parkway Water Company
On July 26, 2005, the Company filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (“Board” or “BPU”) seeking approval for an increase in rates for water service of approximately 105%, or about $763,000 in annual revenues. The average residential customer using 26,000 gallons of water per quarter would see his or her bill increase from $88.14 to $180.68 per quarter.
We, at the Ratepayer
Advocate, are conducting a comprehensive examination of Parkway’s
proposal to verify the reasons for the increase in charges and to determine
whether the Company’s calculations are accurate. For example, we
have issued questions to the Company, seeking to discover detailed information
regarding the proposed increases, including the basis for the Company’s
calculations. The Company must justify its expenses and provide evidence
to support its calculations. These are all factors to be considered when
analyzing the Company’s proposal.
The purpose of this open public hearing is for you, the customer, to voice your opinion, relate your experiences with the Company, and offer comments about the Company’s proposed increase and any service problems you may be experiencing. It is important that you express your views, because they will become part of the record on which the BPU will make its decision. The Ratepayer Advocate also needs to hear your views in order to represent your interests in this legal process. We strongly encourage your participation, which will help us evaluate Parkway’s proposal and prepare for the evidentiary hearings.
This public hearing is being transcribed and your comments will become part of the record. Judge Miller will instruct you to give your name and address before you speak. I would like to reiterate the importance of your input so that the Ratepayer Advocate can have a clear record of your concerns and interests.
On behalf of the Ratepayer Advocate, I thank you for attending this public hearing.
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