From the article"...During a public hearing Monday night at the Baxter Springs Community Center, Niki Christopher, attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board, said CURB will recommend to the KCC that it approve about $2 million less than what Empire is seeking, allowing Empire to receive a $3.1 million annual increase. That's a 40 percent reduction in the amount of the increase, Christopher said during a break in the meeting.
CURB is a state agency that advocates for residents and small businesses in Kansas rate cases.
Terri Pemberton, a staff attorney for the KCC, said the staff also will recommend a smaller increase.
"It looks like (the KCC) staff is going to be pretty close to where CURB is," Pemberton said.
She added a caution for the 60 or so Empire customers who showed up for the hearing.
"The commission doesn't always agree with us," she said...."