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Rate Fairness Board

  • All meetings of the Rate Fairness Board will be held in the SFPUC building at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 2nd Floor, O’Shaughnessy Conference Room from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Meeting dates are subject to quorum.

Proposition E, approved by San Francisco voters on November 5, 2002, directed the establishment of a Rate Fairness Board (RFB) to advise the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on water, power and sewer rate matters. These provisions with respect to sewer rates went into effect on January 3, 2003 and were applied to water rates beginning July 2006.

Specific duties for the RFB include:

  1. Annual review of a five-year rate forecast;
  2. Hold one or more public hearings on annual rate recommendations before the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission adopts rates;
  3. Provide a report and recommendations to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on the rate proposal and
  4. In connection with periodic rate studies, submit to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission rate policy recommendations for the Commission's consideration, including recommendations to reallocate costs among various retail utility customer classifications, subject to any outstanding bond requirements.

Current Rates
The current rate package was developed through a series of public meetings by staff with the input, guidance and review of the Rate Fairness Board, an advisory group of ratepayers and City financial officers created under the voter-approved Proposition E (2002) to ensure rate stability, fairness and affordability.

2019 Meeting Agendas Other Materials      Minutes
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2018 Meeting Agendas

Other Materials Minutes
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    February 7
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    March 23
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    2012 - 2017



    Rate Fairness Board Roster
    Member Name
    Appointed/Designated By

    Howard Ash

    Residential Ratepayer/Chair

    Board of Supervisors

    Jamie Querubin

    Bond Analyst

    Director, Office of Public Finance

    Kevin Cheng

    Residential Ratepayer


    Adam Nguyen

    Finance and Planning Director

    City Administrator

    Edward de Asis

     Board Member



     City Retail Small Business Customer

    Board of Supervisors

    See the Rate Fairness Board Biographies

    There is a vacancy on the Public Utilities Commission Rate Fairness Board. Interested applicants should visit here.


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