senate Bill S6921A

Relates to rates and charges associated with the use or rental of fire hydrants owned or operated by the water authority of Western Nassau county and the water authority of Western Nassau county district

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  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 02 / Apr / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS
  • 06 / May / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 6921A
  • 12 / May / 2014
    • 1ST REPORT CAL.609
  • 13 / May / 2014
    • 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • 14 / May / 2014
    • ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 10 / Jun / 2014
    • REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS

Summary

Relates to rates and charges associated with the use or rental of fire hydrants owned or operated by the water authority of Western Nassau county and the water authority of Western Nassau county district.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A9865
Versions:
S6921
S6921A
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Assembly Corporations, Authorities And Commissions
Law Section:
Public Authorities Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง1198-f, Pub Auth L

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BILL NUMBER:S6921A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public authorities law, in
relation to rates and charges associated with the use or rental of
fire hydrants owned or operated by the water authority of Western
Nassau county and the water authority of Western Nassau county
district

PURPOSE:

To ensure parity in charging of rates for use of fire hydrants by fire
districts in a portion of western Nassau County.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends Subdivision 21 of section 1198-f of the
public authorities law, as added by chapter 868 of the laws of 1990 to
require that customers are given thirty days notice of public hearings
to discuss rate changes, as well as to provide a rate cap of two
hundred dollars for the first year after the effective date.
Thereafter no rate or charge established pursuant to this subdivision
associated with the use or rental of fire hydrants owned or operated
by the authority may exceed two hundred dollars per hydrant per annum
unless the authority demonstrates at a public hearing by clear and
convincing evidence that its cost to maintain such hydrants exceeds
two hundred dollars per hydrant per annum. The charge established by
the water authority shall be published on the authority's website or
published in paper form, which shall be made freely available at no
charge.

Section 2 of the bill provides that the act shall take effect January
1, 2015.

JUSTIFICATION:

Currently, the Water Authority of Western Nassau County is charging
exorbitant rates in rentals fees for fire hydrants to volunteer fire
departments and fire districts within the water authority's service
area. This practice harms homeowners that are serviced by these fire
districts who are also ratepayers of the water authority's utility
rates. This bill establishes a cap on hydrant rental fees in the Water
Authority of Western Nassau County district, equivalent to similar
regional hydrant use fees in the county and provides a public
disclosure and verification mechanism to ensure the protection of
local fire districts and their resident taxpayers.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

This is a new bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:

None to the state.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 6921--A

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              April 2, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. MARTINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations,  Authorities
  and   Commissions  --  committee  discharged,  bill  amended,  ordered
  reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public authorities law, in  relation  to  rates  and
  charges  associated  with  the use or rental of fire hydrants owned or
  operated by the water authority of Western Nassau county and the water
  authority of Western Nassau county district

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. Subdivision 21 of section 1198-f of the public authorities
law, as added by chapter 868 of the laws of 1990, is amended to read  as
follows:
  21. fix rates and collect charges for the use of the facilities of, or
services rendered by, or any commodities furnished by the authority such
as to provide revenues sufficient at all times to pay, as the same shall
become  due,  the  principal  and  interest on the bonds, or other obli-
gations of  the  authority  together  with  the  maintenance  of  proper
reserves  therefor,  in addition to paying as the same shall become due,
the expense of operating and maintaining the properties of the authority
together with proper  maintenance  reserves,  capital  reserves,  repair
reserves, tax stabilization reserves and other contingency reserves, and
all  other  obligations  and  indebtedness of the authority; however, no
such rates or charges shall be changed until a public  hearing  on  such
changes  shall have been held upon not less than [fourteen] THIRTY days'
notice thereof to each customer, either by mail or by  publication  once
in  a newspaper having general circulation within the district; PROVIDED
FURTHER, THAT NO RATE OR CHARGE ESTABLISHED PURSUANT TO THIS SUBDIVISION
ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OR RENTAL OF FIRE HYDRANTS OWNED OR OPERATED  BY
THE AUTHORITY SHALL EXCEED TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS PER HYDRANT PER ANNUM FOR
ONE YEAR FROM THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE CHAPTER OF THE LAWS OF TWO THOU-
SAND  FOURTEEN  THAT  AMENDED  THIS SUBDIVISION. THEREAFTER, THE RATE OR
CHARGE SHALL NOT EXCEED TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS PER HYDRANT PER ANNUM UNLESS
THE AUTHORITY DEMONSTRATES BY CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE AT A  PUBLIC

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14320-02-4

S. 6921--A                          2

HEARING  THAT  ITS  COST  TO  MAINTAIN SUCH HYDRANTS EXCEEDS TWO HUNDRED
DOLLARS PER HYDRANT PER ANNUM.   THE CHARGE  ESTABLISHED  BY  THE  WATER
AUTHORITY  SHALL  BE  PUBLISHED  ON  THE AUTHORITY'S WEBSITE. SHOULD THE
AUTHORITY  FAIL  TO  MAINTAIN A WEBSITE, THE AUTHORITY SHALL PUBLISH ITS
RATES AND CHARGES IN PAPER FORM, WHICH SHALL BE MADE FREELY AVAILABLE AT
NO CHARGE;
  S 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.

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