Rigby water company seeks increase
The Idaho Public Utilities Commission has suspended for up to six months a request by Morning View Water Co. to increase its rates by 35 percent. The water company serves about 85 households in the Rigby area.
The suspension of the company’s request will allow commission staff the time needed to review the company’s application and conduct an audit of its operations.
If approved, a 35 percent increase would boost the monthly bills of customers on a quarter-acre by $7.70, on a half-acre by $10.10 and on an acre by $12.50. The company’s owner, Nolan Gneiting, states the increase is needed to pay increased costs of power, taxes, salaries, repairs, maintenance, general operation costs and to recover a depleted contingency fund. The company’s last rate increase was in 2002. In addition to the rate increase, a $5 service charge was added to fund a contingency reserve account, which was capped at $10,000.
The commission will take public comment on the proposal through June 15. Comments are accepted via e-mail by accessing the commission’s homepage at www.puc.idaho.gov and clicking on "Comments & Questions." Fill in the case number (MNV-W-06-01) and enter your comments. Comments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0074 or faxed to (208) 334-3762.
A full text of the commission’s order, along with other documents related to this case, are available on the commission’s Web site. Click on “File Room” and then on “Electric Cases” and scroll down to the above case number.