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Local Churches & Non-Profits Call for Immediate Independent Interim Management of Johnson Utilities

 Local Churches & Non-Profits Call for Immediate Independent Interim Management of Johnson Utilities

ACCO, the Association of Christian Churches and Non-Profits, in San Tan Valley and in Queen Creek, stands in solidarity with the concerned citizens of San Tan Valley in seeking immediate justice and reform in the Johnson Utilities Company for the health and welfare of our families, children, our water and our air.

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Vote San Tan Valley Incorporation Effort is Over

San Tan Valley Incorporation Effort is Over

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors called a special meeting April 23, 2018 to address two of San Tan Valley's most contentious topics - Incorporation and Johnson Utilities.

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Notice Open Meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission

Notice Open Meeting of the Arizona Corporation Commission

There is one agenda item on the Arizona Corporation Commission's agenda Friday, March 16, 2018, and that item in in regards to the billing and water quality issues of Johnson Utilities, LLC.  

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ACC Approves Order to Show Cause to Appoint Interim Manager for Johnson Utilities

ACC Approves Order to Show Cause to Appoint Interim Manager for Johnson Utilities

On March 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m., the Arizona Corporation Commission held an open meeting as a continuation of the Open Meeting held Tuesday March 12, 2018 where Staff had been asked to submit a petition for order to show cause.

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George Johnson Subpoenaed

George Johnson Subpoenaed

The Utilities Division of the Arizona Corporation Commission has subpoenaed George H Johnson, in connection with the administrative hearing March 29th, in the matter of the commission's investigation of the billing and water quality issues of Johnson Utilities.

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What is the difference between being an intervenor and providing “public comment” for the Johnson Utilities Hearings this week?

What is the difference between being an intervenor and providing “public comment” for the Johnson Utilities Hearings this week?

The Arizona Corporation Commission scheduled a hearing regarding the quality of water and billing practices of Johnson Utilities, which will begin this week, March 29th at 10 a.m.  There has been some confusion amongst existing and past customers as to whether they should provide public comment or intervene in the case.  Here is  some basic information that describes the difference between the two.

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Johnson Utilities Hearing Postponed until April 16, 2018

The first day of the administrative law judge hearing regarding billing and water quality issues with Johnson Utilities was to begin today at 10 a.m however after the Corporation Commission opened the open meeting, they went into Executive Session until about 11:15 a.m.  After returning from executive session, a motion to postpone the hearing until April 16, 2018 was introduced and approved 5-0.

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Outraged Citizens are asking you to attend the upcoming BOS Meeting April 4

Outraged Citizens are asking you to attend the upcoming BOS Meeting April 4

Outraged Citizens are demanding answers from Pinal County Public Officials and they are asking San Tan Valley residents to join them this Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Florence.

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ACC Staff Recommends Interim Manager to take over Johnson Utilities

On February 20 and 21, 2018, the Arizona Corporation Commission held public comment meetings in San Tan Valley regarding the Johnson Utilities Request for Rate Increase to Water and Wastewater services.

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DISMISSED: Johnson Utilities Files Restraining Order Against Arizona Corporation Commission

Johnson Utilities Files Restraining Order Against Arizona Corporation Commission

On February 23, 2018, after two days of hearings in San Tan Valley, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) opened a docket and requested an emergency investigation into water quality, air quality and billing issues of Johnson Utilities.  Results of the emergency investigation were to be reported to the ACC before the March 13th ACC Open Meeting, so that the Commissioners could vote on the possibility of appointing an interim manager to manage Johnson Utilities.

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Johnson Utilities customers voice concerns over proposed water-rate increase

Johnson Utilities customers voice concerns over proposed water-rate increase

The state agency that has the power to approve or disapprove water rate hikes heard from dozens of frustrated Johnson Utilities customers Tuesday.

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ACC to Investigate Johnson Utilities

ACC to Investigate Johnson Utilities

Thousands of San Tan Valley residents filed into hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in San Tan Valley to share their experiences, comments and concerns with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) re: their utility provider, Johnson Utilities.

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ACC Approves Request to Reduce Johnson Utilities CAGRD Fees

At its February 6, 2018 Open Meeting, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved Johnson Utilities’ request to reduce its CAGRD Adjustor Fees. The CAGRD Adjustor Fee is reset annually and is included as a line item on its customers’ monthly water bills. The recently reduced fees are now $2.35 per 1,000 gallons consumed in the Phoenix Active Management Area (“AMA”) (San Tan Valley residents north of Arizona Farms) and $1.91 per 1,000 gallons consumed in the Pinal AMA (San Tan Valley & Florence residents south of Arizona Farms).

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Chairman Forese Responds to First Day of Hearings Re: Johnson Utilities

Chairman Forese Responds to First Day of Hearings Re: Johnson Utilities

On February 21, 2018, Chairman Forese, directed Staff, to open a new docket to investigate the billing and water quality issues brought up in the public comment session held on February 20, 2018. The new docket number is: WS-02987A-18-0050

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REMINDER: Public Hearings to be held in San Tan Valley for Johnson Utilities Request for Rate Increase

Public Hearing to be held in San Tan Valley for Johnson Utilities Request for Rate Increase

On December 29, 2017, Johnson Utilities filed a request with the Arizona Corporation Commission for a "determination of the fair value of its water and wastewater utility plant and property, for increases in its rates and charges for water and wastewater utility service, and for related approvals". In other words, they filed for a rate increase.

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Pinal County Air Quality Update: Additional Monitors for Johnson Utilities

Pinal County Air Quality Update: Additional Monitors for Johnson Utilities

Pinal County's Air Quality Department announced on Monday that two new monitors for measuring hydrogen sulfide have arrived and will be up and running by the end of the month.

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Lobbyist seeks to cut allegations from bribery indictment

Lobbyist seeks to cut allegations from bribery indictment

A lobbyist is asking a judge to delete several allegations in an indictment that accuses him of serving as a middle man in a scheme to bribe an Arizona utility regulator on behalf of a water company owner.

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Class-action civil complaint filed against George Johnson, owner of Johnson Utilities

Class-action civil complaint filed against George Johnson, owner of Johnson Utilities

Johnson Utilities, LLC and its owner George Johnson, along with lobbyist James Norton, former Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Chairman Gary Pierce, and Pierce's wife Sherry Pierce, are being sued by customers who were forced to pay unlawfully inflated prices secured via defendants' bribery scheme in violation of federal RICO and Arizona state racketeering laws.

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Did the Feds Miss a Bigger Picture?

Did the Feds Miss a Bigger Picture?

Special to SanTanValley.com by The Advocates.

A subpoena has been issued to the Arizona Corporation Commission for records in conjunction with a criminal investigation of George Johnson, owner of Johnson Utilities, and Gary Pierce, a former ACC commissioner. In the criminal investigation, an ACC ruling allowing George Johnson to include his personal income taxes as utility expenses included in rates is alleged to be the result of bribes from Mr. Johnson. The defendants have entered not guilty pleas and Johnson Utilities said the records under subpoena are irrelevant to the investigation.

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Johnson Utilities Bills Could Decrease

Johnson Utilities Bills Could Decrease

Johnson Utilities has submitted a plan to reduce their Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD) fee from $4.19 to $2.35 per thousand gallons of water delivered in the Phoenix Active Management Areas (AMA).  If approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission, San Tan Valley residents could see a significant reduction in their water bills.

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