The city of Davis is accepting applications until Wednesday, Jan. 15, from residents who are interested in serving on the Utility Rate Advisory Committee.
The committee will consist of seven regular members and one alternate, as follows:
* One member appointed directly by each council member and ratified by a majority vote of the council;
* Three public-at-large members, consisting of two regular members and one alternate, appointed by a majority vote of the council.
The general purpose of the committee is to advise the City Council on the city’s utility rates, assumptions and programs and related utility matters as directed by the council.
The committee also will:
* Recommend adjustments to the city’s utility rates after review of the facts and information pertaining to the city’s utility systems and infrastructure as required in the rate-setting process;
* Consider costs associated with providing utility service(s) that include, but are not limited to: operations and maintenance, repair and replacement, large capital projects, debt service payments and reserve requirements, enterprise utility fund reserves, customer demand forecasts and assumptions, demand side management programs, financing options, utility billing issues, customer notification and regulatory compliance;
* Consider both short- and long-term factors and consequences when recommending annual or multi-year adjustments to the city’s utility rates;
* Advise the council on the positive and negative impacts of one-year versus multi-year utility rates and recommend rate policies to the council; and
* Consider the utility rates and rate structures of other communities as appropriate to provide sound recommendations to the council.
Regular meeting days and times will be determined by the committee at an initial meeting.
In order to be considered for appointment, an individual must be a Davis resident, city utility ratepayer and someone whose residence or business is directly impacted by Davis utility rates. Members may include, but are not limited to, residents, business owners, students or others who live in county areas receiving any city utility services through a county service area or other county special district or through direct agreement with the city for utility services.
Applications may be picked up at the city clerk’s office at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd., during regular business hours, or downloaded at http://city-managers-office.cityofdavis.org/city- clerk/apply-to-serve-on-a-city-commission. All applications and accompanying documents are considered public information and may be disclosed or released pursuant to the California Public Records Act.
In addition to the application form, committee applicants may participate in a brief 10-minute private interview with a subcommittee of City Council members and city staff. Applications are tentatively scheduled to be submitted to the council for appointment in late January or early February.