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Governor please don’t let your staff forward this email to the Public Service Commission. That would be considered just passing the buck. These commissioners don’t care. They have heard it all. The only thing on their minds is where do we go from here.  I am asking you to act and get involved.  You are the top state elected official.  The PSC commissioners don’t worry about getting re-elected, but you do.  They are concerned only about what their next job will be.  It could be with a utility that they now oversee.
At the last PSC hearing held in Lakeland concerning Aqua Utility’s requested rate increase I heard some of the most compelling reasons to cut back any increases the the PSC has awarded this company.  This company operates like the monopoly that it is, with the help of the PSC.  Florida’s citizens cannot sell or rent their homes where these homes are under the grip of Aqua Utility because of the outrages water and sewer rates. No Aqua customer will even water their lawns.  They can’t afford the cost.
The PSC cut a request of a rate increase for $4.1 million to $2.61 million.  That increase means that folks carefully watching their water usage will pay for a single person approximately $85 a month and families anywhere from $120 to $200 a month.  Aqua’s base rate is around $60 a month. One speaker at the meeting brought along a bill from a near bye neighbor on a public water system.  The bill for one month was $26.
The Office of Public Council and many elected officials are joining the fight against the PCS’s rate increases.  It’s time for you to join in.  Aqua’s stock is publicly traded and the company is worth about one billion dollars.  I don’t feel that the PSC will do anything to help us as they are not accountable to anyone.   The Florida Office Of Public Council has issued a paper that backs up everything that this letter explains.
Charles Tanner
9027 Lake Point Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL. 33898


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