ACC To Host Public Comment Forums On Johnson Utilities 

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission will be holding six public comment forums to hear outstanding issues, complaints, and input from customers of Johnson Utilities over two days, February 20 and 21, in San Tan Valley, Arizona. These public comment forums give customers the opportunity to have their voices heard by Commissioners.

On May 23, 2017 former Arizona Corporation Commission member Gary Pierce is accused of soliciting roughly $400,000 in cash and property in exchange for voting for a rate increase and new rules that would benefit the owner of Johnson Utilities, LLC., according to the federal indictment.

The changes generated millions of dollars in new revenue for Johnson Utilities and allowed its owner, George Johnson, to pay for his personal income taxes with money from ratepayers.

Johnson has now removed himself from all management of the utility. According to documents, he removed himself to ‘devote his time to defending himself’against the indictment.

Johnson Utilities filed a rate application on December 29, 2017, asking the Corporation Commission to increase its rates for water and wastewater utility services in Pinal County, Arizona. A copy of the rate application, along with all documents related to the application, may be found in the Corporation Commission’s online docket center. Visit http://edocket.azcc.gov and search Docket number WS-02987A-17-0392.

It is important to note, during these meetings, the Commissioners cannot answer questions about the merits of the case, nor will they be voting. Commissioners can, however, hear public comment from those who would be impacted by Johnson Utilities’ request for a rate increase on its water and wastewater utility service.

Public Comment Meeting Dates and Times:

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

  • Supervisor Goodman’s San Tan County Office
  • Mountain Vista Facility – Main Building
  • 33622 N. Mountain Vista Blvd.
  • San Tan Valley, AZ 85142

Three sessions available to choose from:

  • 8 – 10 a.m.
  • 12 – 2 p.m.
  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

  • Central Arizona College
  • San Tan Campus, Rooms A100 & A101
  • 3736 E. Bella Vista Road
  • San Tan Valley, AZ 85143

Three sessions available to choose from:

  • 8 – 10 a.m.
  • 12 – 2 p.m.
  • 6 – 8 p.m.