Bill Mundell For Corporation Commission Wants Your Input


By: Bill Mundell, (480) 734-6125

Will it be business as usual?

Phoenix – Since former Commissioner Sandra Kennedy and I left the Corporation Commission, it has done little to protect Arizona’s consumers. Instead, the Commission more often works on behalf of the utilities it regulates than on the customers they serve.

It is astounding that Johnson Utilities is requesting a new, permanent 23.6 percent increase in rates at the same time its customers have legitimate concerns about the company’s ability to provide them with safe water and healthy water systems.

There is no doubt that Johnson Utility customers have been ignored for years by the Corporation Commission. It took a formal request for a meeting, the filing of a lawsuit and the involvement of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to get the attention of the Commission.

In our years on the Commission, we do not recall a time when the ADEQ held joint hearings with the Corporation Commission for public comment regarding a utility company, but that is what will happen next week.

We encourage Johnson Utility customers to attend one of the public hearings scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday in the San Tan Valley. And we encourage the Corporation Commissioners to listen and respond appropriately. That is their job.

The first hearing is Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Pinal County Supervisor Mike Goodman’s office, 33622 N. Mountain Vista Blvd., and the second hearing is Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Central Arizona College San Tan Campus, 3736 E. Bella Vista Rd. There are three sessions each day: 8-10 am, noon-2 pm and 6-8 pm.