Cumberland Times-News

May 6, 2013

PSC approves rate hike for Keyser water customers

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — The West Virginia Public Service Commission last week approved Keyser’s water project, and approved a water-rate increase that will keep bills near interim rates set last year.

 “The rates are lower than the orignal ordinance that was passed,” said Mayor Randy Amtower. “Customers are not going to see a change (in their water bill) because the rates are basically the same as the interim rates they are already paying,” said Amtower.

Additionally, an appeal by the New Creek Water Association to receive a lower reseale rate than McCoole, the city’s only other customer, was denied.

“It is appropriate to establish the same resale rate for NCWA as for McCoole,” said Keith A. George, PSC administrative law judge.

Water customers will see an increase of about 36 percent when a substantial portion of the water project is completed next year, according to Amtower. A pre-bid meeting on the water project will be held on Wednesday and work on the project will begin in September.

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