TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas regulators plan to review charges imposed on utilities by a state agency that represents residential customers and small businesses to finance its work.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/H1T1BR ) the Kansas Corporation Commission opened an informal inquiry Tuesday after chairman Mark Sievers raised questions about the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board.
The KCC still approved $109,000 worth of charges from CURB to the utilities, however.
CURB Consumer Counsel David Springe (SPRIHNG'-ee) said he worries that the inquiry could affect its efforts to keep rates in check.
CURB finances its $816,000 annual budget through the charges to utilities. The agency relies on the KCC for some administrative services, but is otherwise independent of the commission and is overseen by a board appointed by the governor.
Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capit! al-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com
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