FY 2016 Appropriation

The Office of Consumer Services hires expert witnesses to perform special studies and appear in rate cases to represent the public consumer utility user perspective. These hearings are cyclical in nature based on requests for increases in rates by Utility Firms. These funds have traditionally been non-lapsing and have been appropriated in a separate line item.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $800,200 from all sources for Office of Consumer Services Professional and Technical Services. This is a 20 percent reduction from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 70

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for the Professional and Technical Services Fund of the Office of Consumer Services in Item 25 of Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of Fiscal Year 2015.

Funding for the Office of Consumer Services Professional and Technical Services program comes from the Public Utilities Regulatory Fund.

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