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TAMER Mission Statement

 

Tamer is Dedicated to Fighting,

On Behalf of All Texans,

 Any Water/Sewer Service Providers

Whose Owners Charge Excessive Rates


Who IS TAMER

Texans Against Monopolies Excessive Rates 

(T.A.M.E.R.)


 T.A.M.E.R. is an all-volunteer organization devoted to the interests of consumers (ratepayers) of water and sewer services provided by both investor owned utilities (IOUʼs) and privately owned water companies. We presently represent over 25 thousand ratepayers of Southwest Water Company (SWWC), Which includes Monarch Utilities and 8 other utilities doing business by other names in the State of Texas. Our ratepayers live both in rural and municipal subdivisions. 

We are a non-profit group and receive our funding from individuals, POAʼs and HOAʼs. The Board are all volunteers and the only expenses we incur are Legal Representation and expert witnesses. 

Our most recent accomplishments were: 

Passed Legislation in the 2013 session by working with our state representatives & senators to have the rate making process changed from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). This would lower the cost of protests to the consumers and also make numerous other changes in the way rates are set. Unfortunately this transfer of power does not take place until September 1 2014 

Achieve Rate reductions in the 2011 Monarch’s rate increase. 

Our efforts to protest and mediate Monarch’s rate increase in 2011 lasted 5 months and during that time we negotiated a lower rate, prevented Monarch from collecting thousands of dollars in legal fees from the ratepayers, and last but not least won a stay out from a rate increase until after January 2014 

TAMER has a law firm based in Austin that is expert in water matters and has assisted us in the hearings, lobbying for changes in the laws and general legal advice. 

We are currently faced with yet again another rate increase on both water and sewer rates assessed starting January 1, 2014 of 14.5% and an additional 4.5 % in June. This will be a tough legal fight as it appears The IOUs (Investor Owned Utilities) are trying to get one more increase passed before the PUC (Public Utilities Commission) takes control. TAMER has collected the needed Protest signatures to force the TECQ to hold public hearings and force the IOUs to justify their rate increase. TAMER is soliciting the legal arm of the PUC, OPUC (Office of the Public Utilities Commission) to intervene on the Ratepayers behalf. OPUC is better equipped to evaluate the Rate increase request that the TCEQ. Donations will be needed to pay TAMER’s Legal fees if TAMER has a chance to roll back these increases. 

We would welcome your interest and participation in our group. We are willing to meet with your group and discuss any questions you may have. We need more people and additional financial support to accomplish fair treatment for the ratepayers of Texas. We presently represent over 25 thousand ratepayers of Southwest Water Company (SWWC), which includes Monarch Utilities and 8 other utilities doing business by other names in the State of Texas. Our ratepayers live both in rural and municipal subdivisions. 

We are a non-profit group and receive our funding from individuals, POAʼs and HOAʼs. 

Orville Bevel 

TAMER Chairman 

Wildewood Owners Association Inc. – Henderson County 

© Chris Jackson 2012