St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Hillcrest Manor subdivision residents near Cape Girardeau are facing a huge rate hike since a St. Ann company bought the water and wastewater system and spent more than $1 million to fix it. The hike proposed by the Hillcrest Utility Operating Co. will be from $25 to nearly $150 a month. The Missouri Office of Public Counsel, which represents ratepayers in front of the Missouri Public Service Commission says there’s more at stake than a big rate increase. Acting Director of the Office of Public Counsel James Owen tells KZIM KSIM the office is raising questions about the truthfulness of the company’s president Josiah Cox, who leads St. Ann-based Central States Water Resources Inc., the company that runs Hillcrest.
The PSC will make a final decision on how to structure rates in a ruling expected later this summer.