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Rate Commission

The Rate Commission was established in 2000 through voter approved amendments to MSD’s Charter. The purpose of the Rate Commission is to provide public input into how MSD sets its rates. Per the voter approved amendments, the Rate Commission is required to review all rate proposals and render an opinion before said proposals are submitted to MSD’s Board of Trustees for approval. The Rate Commission consists of 15 member organizations that represent a broad cross-section of MSD customers and the community it serves. The Rate Commission’s proceedings may take up to 165 days from the date MSD staff submits a rate proposal for consideration.

Per the Charter change creating the Rate Commission, the rate setting process includes multiple public hearings held throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area where MSD customers have an opportunity to provide feedback on proposed rates.  Additionally, the deliberations of the Rate Commission are public meetings as well.

MSD staff most recently submitted a proposal to the Rate Commission in 2015.  Specifically, on February 26, 2015, MSD staff submitted a rate change proposal for funding wastewater and stormwater that encompasses fiscal years 2017 through 2020 (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020). Formal deliberations of the Rate Commission began shortly thereafter. Beyond the formal deliberations, from March 13, 2015, through July 10, 2015, 22 meetings were held by the Rate Commission itself, MSD staff, or outside organizations, so that the public could learn more about the proposal and offer feedback.

On July 30, 2015, the Rate Commission submitted its recommendation to MSD’s Board of Trustees. The Rate Commission’s recommendation for wastewater rates reflected two changes versus the proposal that MSD staff submitted:

  • Anticipate an increase in Late Fee Revenues equal to the percent increase in rates. The impact of this change decreased the proposed request for wastewater revenues by $2.35 million over four years.
  • Instead of assuming a 5.5% annual increase in utility costs, assume a 1.5% annual increase. The impact of this change decreased the proposed request for revenue by $6.83 million over four years.

Per the Charter change creating the Rate Commission, MSD’s Board of Trustees reviewed the recommendation. On October 8, 2015, the report containing the recommendation was formally accepted by the Board.

For more information on the 2015 Rate Commission process – including exhibits and other documents – please visit 2017-2020 Rate Proposal.

MSD FY2017 - 2020 Rate Commission Roster 

Commission Delegates: Representing:
Steven Chodes Education Plus
Nancy Bowser League of Women Voters of Saint Louis
Paul Brockmann Missouri Botanical Garden
Otis Williams St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers
Chan Mahanta North County Incorporated
Leonard Toenjes Associated General Contractors (AGC)
Eric Schneider St. Louis Regional Chamber
Lori A. Kelling West St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce
Mike O’Connell III Greater St. Louis Labor Council
George D. Tomazi The Engineers’ Club of St. Louis
Kennard Jones Mound City Bar Association
John L. Stein Missouri Industrial Energy Consumers
Steve Mahfood Missouri Coalition for the Environment
Mark Schoedel Lutheran Senior Services
Russell Hawes St. Louis County Municipal League