PHOENIX (WNN) — The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld utility regulators’ decision to allow multiple communities to consolidate into a single wastewater service district with rate increases or decreases in different parts of the new district. is retained.
judges’ decision said Friday that rates approved by the Arizona Corporations Commission for the Consolidated District do not violate the state’s constitutional provision Excluding discrimination in the rates paid by customers and locations under similar circumstances.
The case included the districts of Maricopa and Mohave counties that were consolidated into one district by EPCOR Water Arizona Inc.
The Sun City Home Owners Association and a state consumer advocacy agency intervened in the regulatory matter, opposing full consolidation and pushing for separate rates for service areas.
Sun City Group appealed the commission’s decision to the State Court of Appeals. It ruled for the Commission and held that the Commission had considered the matter properly and the approved rates were not discriminatory.
The Supreme Court agreed but overturned the lower court’s finding that the commission’s actions should be treated as constitutional.