Q What is the process for a municipality to raise its water rates?

A Assuming the municipality is not providing water services to an area greater than one mile outside of the municipal boundaries, it may increase its water rates by an action of the board of aldermen subject to mayoral veto. When doing so, the municipality would be limited to establishing rates in order to operate the utility system, not to create surplus revenues. If the municipality were providing utility services in an area greater than one mile outside its corporate boundaries, any increase in its water rates would be subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Service Commission. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Tharp, October 18, 2019)