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Page4A Hays Free Press ฐ April 3, 2013 Water Bills: County weighs in on private water oversigM Continued from pg. 2A in their assigned service areas rate case expenses could be Monarch's original request of by the State through Certifi- considered for ratemaking 62 percent. cares of Convenience and Ne- purposes. In a December interview cessity (CCN). The certificates "The Sunset Advisory Com- with the Hays Free Press, Kyle- allowforautilitytobethelone mission has already recom- area Monarch representative servicer of water and sewer mended the transfer of regu- Gary Rose said the private util- services to a specified region latory authority to the PHC," ityhad invested more than $72 if they ensure service to every- Pct. 3 Commissioner Willmillion in its statewide water one in their assigned area and Conley said. "As a county, we system, in an effort to service submit to state regulations on support our residents' rights water customers and improve water quality, water services to pay a fair rate for safe wa- aging water and sewer infra- and pricing, ter and reliable water service, structure. And because of the CCNs, and approval of these bills will That cost, coupled with residents serviced through in- help make that a reality and Monarch's property and in- vestor-owned utilities have no help end this inequity."come tax costs, are passed on other recourse but to submit Senate Bill 567 transfers to customers through water to the water company's terms, functions relating to economic rates, which amount to some Residents are able to com- regulation of water and sewer of the highest costs for water plain to the Texas Commis- service from TCEQ to the PUG in Texas, Rose said. sion on Environmental Qual- and to the duties of the Office Testifying in front of the ity (TCEQ) which oversees the of Public Utility Counsel re- House County Affairs Com- CCNs, though complaints and garding the economic regula- mittee in October, Boyle high- litigation costs come at the ex- tion of water service, accord- lighted that Monarch has dis- pense of residents' pockets, ing to the county's resolution, proportionately higher water '~s I meet with homeowner Senate Bill 1164 proposes rates than several cities, and associations and individuals that the independent Office of even higher rates than Aqua who have their water provided Public Utility Counsel repre- Texas Southwest Region - an- by an investor-owned utility, sent the interests of residential other highly criticized private the issue of regulatory author- and small commercial con- utility. ity is always the biggest con- sumers, and House Bill 1457 Boyle showed that Mon- cern," Pct. 2 Commissioner allows only 50 percent of"rea- arch in October 2012 Mon- Mark Jones said. "Move the sonable and necessary" rate arch charged $71.47 for 5,000 regulatory responsibility to case expenses to be included gallons of water, compared the PUC (Public Utility Com- in ratemaking, according to to Houston, E1 Paso, Taylor mission) as called for in the the resolution, and Woodville which charged (county's) resolution would AtKyle'scitycouncilAug. 21 $28.18, $15.49, $39.77 and help level the playing field for meeting, the elected officials $26, respectively. Aqua Texas our citizens." approved hiring Jim Boyle Southwest charged $68.87 for County officials say the bills to lobby the state legislature the same amount of water. they are backing at the legis- for more control over private In Kyle, customers pay an lature would transfer regula- utilities, average monthly water bill of tory authority from TCEQ to Boyle represented Kyle and about $47, after a 20 percent the PUC and allow the Office other cities in a case that set- water rate hike went into ef- of the Public Utility Counsel to tled water rate hikes for Mon- fect in October 2011, while represent the interests of resi- arch customers last Spring. those 900 residents in Kyle's dential and small commercial The settlement called for an northeast corner that are ser- consumers. Also, officials said increase in water rates by 14 viced by Monarch paid about only 50 percent of a utility's percent, much lower than$74. Rape Suspect Arrested: Accused of local crimes Continued from pg. 1A "Our commitment to join suspect would not return his forces with our local task force calls and failed to surrender. partners to keep the commu- Salinas has been in Hays nitysafe willremain myprinci- County custody since his ple goal," said Robert Almonte, March 18 arrest and is being United States Marshal for the held on a $200,000 bond. Western District of Texas. According to Salinas' arrest According to Kyle Police affidavit, one of the two vic- Chief Jeff Barnett, Hernan- rims met Salinas on facebook, dez's attomey told police the where they had been com- suspect would turn himself municating for three months into authorities no later than before accepting an invitation March 25. The attorney later to a party at Salinas' family's told officers he no longer rep- place on Goforth Road in Kyle. resented Hernandez after the Kyle Police, Buda Police and I- the Hays County Sheriff's Of- [ rice are members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Aus- [ tin, along with San Marcos Po- lice. Other members include I Austin Police, Texas Depart- ment of Criminal Justice OIG, i Texas Department of Public I Safety, Texas Attorney Gen- eral's Office, Cedar Park Police, i Travis, WiUiamson, Caldwell I and Bastrop County Sheriff's Offices, Williamson County !1 DA's Office and the U.S. Mar- shals Service. 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