This is an open letter to Payson Water Company (formerly Brooke Utilities) customers.
The Arizona Corporation Commission’s mission statement is: To recommend thoroughly researched, sound regulatory policy and rate recommendations to the commissioners, which are based on a balanced analysis of the benefits and impacts on all stakeholders and are consistent with the public interest.
Friday, March 28, our intervener, Kathie Reidhead, submitted a brief to the court outlining the lies, manipulation and outright fraud that these two water companies have foisted on eight communities that are forced to use their product — water.
The AZCC commissioners are taking the advice of their staff — ignoring evidence — overwhelming evidence, that they are being scammed, just as we are. Seems no amount of hard, solid facts will bring them to their senses.
Don’t you agree that additional assistance is needed; that this water monopoly and suspected collusion with the AZCC demands a grand jury investigation and an independent audit?
Despite the valiant effort that our seven interveners have made, the AZCC staff filed their last word a week ago Friday, and it was a blistering rejection. We do not understand how that is possible that so much evidence of falsified annual reports; dubious accounting of a 591.8 percent increase in expenses (by Brooke) 2001-2013; falsely reporting three wells in Mesa del were dry (these wells were in other counties) and an engineering study stating the wells in Mesa del were viable. The Commission still approved hauling charges costing the residents of Mesa del an additional $88,000.
The ACC’s decisions affect every regulation — every utility — every customer in the state of Arizona.
Note: These people are up for re-election. Why vote them back in as it does appear evident that they have no commitment to the citizens of Arizona? I feel they are in violation of their mission statement and possibly have a hidden agenda when dealing with utilities. Why then do we even have an ACC? Give a monkey a rubber stamp and let him have at it!
After months of requests, the ACC has finally agreed to a public hearing in Payson on Friday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.
Each attendee will be allowed to speak for three (3) minutes to give comments to the Commission about the pending rate case. For example ... disappointing customer service, lack of equipment upgrades, evidence of phony water trucking, etc. (The Commission will listen, but will not respond.)
Please plan on attending and spreading the word — these rate increases will have a devastating affect on our small communities — including our real estate values.
The ACC actions may be questionable, but the PWC appears to be staffed by skilled scam artists with one of the best (expensive) legal firms in the country.
We can win — we have truth and numbers on our side ... but we need a massive turn out.
You can read Ms Reidhead’s brief on ACC’s website: http://images.edocket.azcc.gov/docket pdf/0000151938.pdf