Frequently Asked Questions - Q30


Question:

I thought that the Texas Public Utilities Commission sets utility rates. How can Houston voters put a cap, even a flexible one, on water and sewer rates?

Answer:

The PUC regulates rates only for electricity, gas and telephone services. The idea that water and sewer rates are also set by the PUC may be based upon misinformation passed out by the opponents of the 1997 tax limitation measure. City Council establishes the City’s water and sewer rates.



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