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Endless water charge turned off

Today is the final day of the 60-day session.

By TIM NICKENS

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 4, 2001


Today is the final day of the 60-day session.

Florida Water Services Corp. and other private utilities would be prevented from indefinitely billing customers for the costs tied to seeking rate increases under a bill sent to Gov. Jeb Bush on Thursday.

The change was added to a utility related bill by House Majority Leader Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey.

The bill would force utilities to roll rates back after four years of collecting for legal expenses tied to rate cases.

The four-year rule was in effect until the law was changed in 1998 to enable utilities to keep charging customers for the costs even after they had recouped the expense.

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