The Battle is far from over
Monday afternoon the Office of Ohio Consumers' Counsel filed its "Objections to the PUCO Staff's Report of Investigation" in the Duke rate case presently before the PUCO.
The Consumers' Counsel joins the rising chorus against the Streetcar Tax.
While we'd like to think that COAST has pursued and explained this issue as well as anyone; we must admit that the argument put forth by the Consumers' Counsel impresses us for its clarity and depth of analysis. In just a few paragraphs every horrible aspect of the proposed tax is laid wide open for all to see.
From the "Objections to the PUCO Staff's Report of Investigation" Read the entire filing below:
G. Rates and Tariffs
1. Facilities Relocation – Mass Transportation Rider (Rider FRT)
OCC agrees with the Staff’s recommendation that Duke’s proposed Rider FRT should not be authorized for Duke to collect dollar amounts from customers. However, OCC objects that the Staff did not include (but should have included) in its rationale for not supporting Rider FRT the following public policy implications:
1) Rider FRT unfairly discriminates among customer classes by giving members of one class – governmental entities – preferential treatment in paying the costs associated with their requests for relocation of facilities;
2) utility company riders should not be used as a means for governmental entities to fund public works projects, as governmental bodies have other means for paying the costs of relocating facilities; and
3) to the extent that the citizens of the governmental entity would not pay their electric bill, the Rider FRT portion of that bill would be collected from all other Duke customers through the uncollectible rider.
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