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Intergovernmental Authorities Provide Public Benefits, But They Lack Accountability, Report No. 02-67, December 2002
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Intergovernmental authorities can provide a public benefit by facilitating government ownership and consolidated operations of small water utilities. This in turn can reduce costs for these utilities, the value of which may be used to meet capital expenditure requirements or passed on to customers through reduced utility rates.

However, there is insufficient accountability over the acquisition and operations of water utilities owned by an intergovernmental authority. In addition, the Florida Statutes do not ensure that counties and municipalities are able to acquire utilities owned by an intergovernmental authority.

Accountability over water utilities owned by an intergovernmental authority can be improved by

  • requiring county or municipality approval of the acquisition of a water utility;
  • allowing counties to request Public Service Commission involvement in disputed rate cases; and
  • providing for future transfers of utilities to counties and municipalities.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Public Service Commission
Department of Economic Opportunity
Water Management Districts
Water Resource Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 10-50 The PSC Has Enhanced Its Consumer Services and Participation in Florida’s Lifeline Program Has Substantially Increased,published in July 2010.
  • Report No. 08-63 The PSC and Legislature Could Consider Several Options to Enhance Services and Consumer Protection, published in November 2008.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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