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Hearing on new EPCOR rate request set for Feb. 19

February 6, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — EPCOR Water Arizona has asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to hold an interim hearing about its water rate application.

The meeting is slated to occur on Feb. 19 in Phoenix.

City Manager Toby Cotter, who spoke during Tuesday’s City Council meeting, said the city will have people there.

“EPCOR requested no public hearing be held,” he said. “That was upsetting to us.”

But the ACC didn’t allow that. Cotter also encouraged people to attend, comment and “question the necessity for the rate case.”

EPCOR’s rate restructuring and consolidation proposal that sought to raise Bullhead City water rates substantially — 30 to 50 percent — was rejected last month by ACC members who voted 2-2. The city contended EPCOR planned to “socialize” water rates among its 11 user districts in the state without considering that some of those districts serve more economically disadvantaged residents.

Bullhead City is an intervenor in the matter.

Cotter also made it clear that “we’re going to continue to intervene.”

In other business:

The council allowed a developer four more years to obtain permits for a commercial project at 2801 Silver Creek Road. Council member Mark Clark pointed out there have been a large number of such requests and such matters should be better explained and looked at by staff in the future. Approved a final plat for Canyon Trails at Fox Creek, Tract 5190, Unit 4.Extended the intergovernmental agreement between the city and the Bullhead City Pest Abatement District to end in May 2021.Approved purchase by the Bullhead City Police Department of a 2019 Ford Interceptor and full patrol unit upfit from Peoria Ford for $49,328.

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