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Utilities Commission to hold hearing on possible Aqua NC rate hike

Posted November 21, 2013

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— Customers of Aqua NC, the state's largest private water utility, will have a chance on Thursday evening to raise concerns about the company's push to raise rates by almost 20 percent. 

In paperwork filed with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, the company says it needs the rate hike to help pay for millions of dollars in system upgrades.

Aqua NC took advantage of a new state law that allows utilities to request a rate adjustment before hearing from their customers.  

The Utilities Commission, which will ultimately approve any rate increase, will hold a public hearing Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Dobbs Building on North Salisbury Street. 

According to its website, Aqua NC serves more than 70,000 customers in 53 of the state's 100 counties. In the Triangle, Aqua NC serves customers in Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Granville, Hoke, Johnston, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties.

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  • sixnitepkg Nov 22, 7:09 p.m.

    So, it is OK to give money to the government thereby raising everyone's tax burden, but not OK for private companies to ask for rate increases. What do you do when your HOA rates go up; accuse them of being evil GOP corpocrats?

    Insanity!
    davidhartman

    Funny, but wrong on both counts: returning to the tax brackets and exemptions (adjusted for inflation) that we had in 1954 under President Eisenhower would DECREASE the tax burden on all but an elite few, yet you'd flip-out and call it "socialism" (or worse) because under REPUBLICAN Dwight D. Eisenhower the top tax bracket was >75% - and that tax structure sure didn't "kill jobs" - it resulted in the best economic times in U.S. history!

    What is NOT ok, is them trying to raise them without having to justify the reason - unless you're ok with exploding top exec salaries being the sole justification

  • dcatz Nov 22, 3:22 p.m.

    As a reminder, the democrats also voted for the bill that allows for no public comment period :
    http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=hb710&submitButton=Go

  • davidhartman Nov 22, 2:43 p.m.

    @thelewisclan I agree with you regarding their proposed rate increase.

    What I do not agree with is liberals blaming the GOP for this or accusing the commission of being 'GOP corporcrats'.

    Such statements are ludicrous, derogatory, and baseless.

  • thelewisclan Nov 22, 2:27 p.m.

    davidhartman - those are pretty broad generalizations. My neighborhood as Aqua for water and Utilities Inc for sewer (both are asking for rate increases AND asking to be allowed them WITHOUT further hearings). We do not have an HOA. I also have huge problems with bond measures as a general rule - unless you can show me that the money is going WHERE you say it is..which they normally can't. Same with Aqua. As I said, every time they have increased our water rates, they claim maintenance and work - which I have yet to see. I will say UI was quick to fix an issue with the sewer line, but Aqua takes forever if you call them to respond.

  • davidhartman Nov 22, 2:18 p.m.

    Aqua needs more money about as much as the government does.

    No!

  • davidhartman Nov 22, 2:17 p.m.

    How funny to see the liberals here demonizing Aqua & all other corporations for rate hikes, yet they have no problems whatsoever throwing endless sums of money at the government via bond measures and taxes.

    So, it is OK to give money to the government thereby raising everyone's tax burden, but not OK for private companies to ask for rate increases. What do you do when your HOA rates go up; accuse them of being evil GOP corpocrats?

    Insanity!

  • sixnitepkg Nov 22, 11:05 a.m.

    "(i)f you consumers thinks the utilities commission is going be on your side-- then you are naïve and delusional.............. they are a governmental front for big bizness and prolly oughta be abolished..."
    wildpig777

    under the GOP radical corparatocracy they most certainly ARE the "yes men of big power, oil and utility businesses - was not always that way, not when you had truly effective commissioners like Bob Koger, John Winters, Ruth Cook et al. back in the late 70's and early 80's. Oh wait, all appointed by democrats - hey, there's your clue!! GOP = big business lackey, and don't give a rip for the average middle class citizen (I should say "working poor", since the middle class has been taxed and priced into non existence, so that the elite rich could get richer) - vote these people back in at the next election, and you are asking to make yourself poorer still.

  • southraleighbro Nov 22, 9:34 a.m.

    i agree, they want to nickle penny and dime your but to death, but not trying to help us safe in a tough economy but money us dwn to death why

  • theblazer Nov 22, 9:34 a.m.

    And when was the last time any Republican did anything for anyone here in the State of NC save that of their own white class or filthy rich, protestant god fearing conservatives. For every Republican that voted them into office my their utility bills goes 100% up. No one is pleased with our white elitist class of Republicans save themselves and Gov. (one term) McCroy.
    -Here is a Thought

    Far more people in this state are dissatisfied with the incompetent black elitist administration in Washington. They are taking a lot more than your water bill will ever be. It's funny how this anti-white comment is ok and unchallenged, but if a comment was made about a minority, every liberal poster here would lose it. It's not racist if its anti-white right?

  • corey3rd2 Nov 22, 8:34 a.m.

    Hurray! Thom Tillis, Phil Berger, Pat McCrory and Art Pope have once more allowed the "customers" of NC to get steamrollered by business.

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