Representatives from Utility Solutions and the Four Corners Water and Sewer District made their pitch to the Public Service Commission Tuesday morning to place the private utility into public hands.
A lot of the two-hour hearing at Belgrade City Hall revolved around the fate of Elk Grove subdivision residents.
Currently, utility service to Elk Grove residents is regulated by the PSC. In the nutshell, the PSC steps in when a private utility – in this case Utility Solutions – offers services to the public.But that authority will disappear should the sale of Utility Solutions to the Four Corners Water and Sewer District materialize. The PSC does not have regulatory authority over public utilities, which would be the case if the district takes over.While the Elk Grove homeowners association submitted a letter saying the subdivision is interested in joining the district, commissioners wanted to know what would happen if residents shoot down annexation.Residents, district officials said, would have the same rates as they currently pay for the first year. The buy-sell agreement also includes language regarding the status quo of Elk Grove rates.