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Statement from the Cities of Garland, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson in Response to the Public Utility Commission of Texas’ “Yes” Decision on the Cities’ Water Rate Methodology Review Request
The Cities of Garland, Mesquite, Richardson and Plano applaud the Public Utility Commission (PUC) for its decision to conduct a review of water rates charged by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). We are hopeful that this next step in the process will bring us closer to establishing a new rate methodology that is fair and equitable to all members, encourages conservation and better serves the Region’s long-term interests.
Our request was made after working for more than a decade to get relief for our ratepayers. Due to our lack of bargaining power, all parties remained at an impasse, and our most viable option was to request the PUC review of our rates.
We support the long-term initiatives of the District, but cannot continue to subsidize the system while waiting for a change in the rate methodology. The PUC decision appropriately acknowledges that the time for change is now.
See official statement from Garland, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson (pdf)