I attended the Public Service Commission hearing on a price increase proposed by Palmetto of Richland County, which provides our wastewater treatment. The commissioners looked like they did not want to be there. Most do not have extensive (if any) utility experience. They are appointed by the Legislature, not elected, and it appears that it is a lifetime position. (Most have been on this commission since 2004, making $100,000 per year.)
Seven people spoke, and all but one expressed concern about the proposal to make us pay a high flat fee for sewerage processing. Several talked about living on limited incomes. But the commissioners did not look like they were concerned; one looked like he was dozing off. At the very least, the flat charge for sewerage should be dropped.
The whole process seems wrong: commissioners appointed for interminably long periods, at a salary that is obscene. It seems like democracy inaction.
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