The Office of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs (TARA) provides consumer protection, access to information and communications technology resources and infrastructure, and generates revenue to support City services. TARA’s activities include:
Ensuring electric and gas utility rate increases are reasonable,
Resolving consumer utility complaints,
Monitoring credit access businesses to reduce abusive predatory lending practices,
Providing claims and collections services for City departments,
Promoting digital inclusion through access to information & communications technology and trainings,
TGS is proposing an increase of $17 million annually, an increase of 9.43% or 15.64% excluding gas costs. The proposed tariff includes: a new residential A/B rate design that provides options for customers based on usage patterns; recovery of approved Hurricane Harvey costs; recovery of pipeline integrity testing costs; and recovery of extraordinary expenses for restoring service after storms/natural disasters.
The City and other TGS cities are being represented by outside legal counsel and expert rate consultants to determine whether the filing complies with the law, to establish reasonable rates and to minimize the rate impact to ratepayers.
As a TGS ratepayer in Austin, you can provide comments to TARA Info or call the City’s Office of Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs at 512-974-2999 no later than March 6, 2020.