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
|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|