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1993-08 Opposing Regulation of Water & Wastewater by Public Service CommissionRESOLUTION NO. 93 - 8 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, OPPOSING REGULATION OF WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. WHEREAS, many water and wastewater systems of the State of Florida have been constructed and operated by local governments within the State of Florida; and WHEREAS, the staff of the Public Service Commission, without application, has proposed legislation aimed at requiring the Public Service Commission regulate water conservation and rates of water and wastewater utilities along with control over territorial disputes between water and wastewater systems owned or operated by local government; and WHEREAS, the regulation of water and wastewater systems by the Public Service Commission would have severe negative impact upon municipalities and counties which both operate utilities; and WHEREAS, the Public Service Commission regulation would negatively impact annual budgets of local governments and debt service for bonds issued; and WHEREAS, the records of water and wastewater utilities controlled by the Public Service Commission have not been better than those which are owned and operated by local governments; and WHEREAS, there have been very few territorial disputes regarding water and wastewater systems within the State of Florida within recent years; and RESOLUTION NO. 93 - 8 PAGE 2 WHEREAS, voluntary conservation for water and wastewater use has been implemented and should be further explored; and WHEREAS, local governments are governments which are closest to the people and which can set rates, settle disputes, and provide for conservation which most closely benefit the citizens of the local areas which they serve; and WHEREAS, local government is directly responsible to the rate payers of the local areas which they serve in that counties and cities are by constitution controlled by individuals who are directly elected; and WHEREAS, the legislators of the State of Florida should foster local control of utilities which are owned and controlled by government rather than requiring an additional step of bureaucracy on the state level; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, that: Section 1: That the foregoing preamble is hereby ratified and confirmed as true and correct by the City Commission of the City of Parkland, Florida. Section 2: That the City Commission of the City of Parkland, Florida hereby goes on record as opposing any regulation by Public Service Commission as to water and wastewater systems owned or operated by local governments within the State of Florida. RESOLUTION NO. 93 - 8 PAGE 3 Section 3: That a copy of the Resolution shall be forwarded to the Florida League of Cities, Broward County League of Cities, Senator Ken Jenne, Chairman of the Broward County Legislative Delegation, Senator Peter M. Weinstein, Representative Ben Graber, and Representative John C. Rayson. Section 4: That this Resolution shall become effective immediately upon its passage. PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS 3 DAY OF MARCH , 1993. S PAGLI , Mayor SUSAN ARMSTRONG, Cit 4 Jerk