Q Water leak adjustments last year cost the city approximately $7,500 in lost revenue. There is an insurance program we can offer to our customers, which will reduce the fee covering anticipated customer losses. May we do this?

A No. Because Section 21-27-23 governs the establishment of rates and the collection of monies for the support of municipal utility systems, home rule does provide such authority. In addition, selling insurance in engaging in a private commercial activity and is not a proper function of government. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Fulton, June 2, 2017)