PRC fines Picacho Hills Utility Co., ...

PRC fines Picacho Hills Utility Co., its president

There are 5 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Aug 24, 2010, titled PRC fines Picacho Hills Utility Co., its president. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

A state regulatory board voted Tuesday in Santa Fe to fine the privately owned Picacho Hills Utility Co.

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Ruidoso, NM

#1 Aug 25, 2010
I strongly believe that gov't assigned fines/penalties and etc. end up as a rate increase on those residents/people who are at the bottom of the line. In this case the Picacho residents end up holding the stick.

The fact remains that a company needs a bottom line profit to keep its edge and when a fine by any gov't entity is assigned it goes against those who buy the product. That is you and me.

And what does the gov't do with their new revenue? Hard to say, but placing any money into the hands of gov't seldom proves too beneficial. A different method of penalty needs to be designed to bring companies into line with assurance that the penalty does not end up on the shoulders of the buyers (you and me). Exactly how this would be done is uncertain, but we need to find ways to improve upon a rather archaic system!

Bothell, WA

#2 Aug 25, 2010
i used to work at an answering service, that was pretty much the 'office' for picacho hills utility. stephen blanco NEVER took care of business. that company also never answered their phones, and kept them forwarded to the answering service. everytime i have dealt with him, he was a JERK. i am not surprised to hear that they find his company isn't following rules.

“Loving the "cold" in LC. ”

Since: Jan 09

Now Las Cruces

#3 Aug 25, 2010
This was a witch hunt and the NM Supreme Court will see throught thepartisan politics of the PRC where most of the members are under some kind of corruption investigation or another
Picacho Hills Resident

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Aug 25, 2010
New to LC wrote:
This was a witch hunt and the NM Supreme Court will see throught thepartisan politics of the PRC where most of the members are under some kind of corruption investigation or another
Boy, you ARE new to LC. You might want to talk to some of those 800 Blanco Picacho Hills Utility Co. water users. It's very difficult to find anyone who has a kind word for him. It's about time that his antics catch up with him. He's been digging his grave for years and has hurt a lot of good people. What goes around comes around.

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Aug 25, 2010
The NMPRC acted in accordance with State law and
approved a rate increase within the 9 month time frame
allowed. The final decision on the rate case was handed
down in October of 2008. The new cases since then have been inquiries into the business practices of the Utility, and its inability to construct the effluent line, despite the repeated assurances of its owner that they would do same. Further, the utility was able to borrow money from its bank, but did not use it for the construction of the effluent line, as per NMPRC instructions. The article omits the utility's recent problems with the New Mexico Environment Department, which originally mandated the effluent line, and its recent investigation into the irregularities at the PHUC
Sewage Treatment Plant, which allowed SOLID UNTREATED WASTE to be pumped into the holding ponds at the golf course.

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