§ 65.006  PROVISIONS GENERALLY APPLICABLE TO RATE ORDERS
   (A)   Any rate order of the Board of Commissioners shall be issued and effective upon adoption.  Each rate order shall be released to the public and the franchisee.  In any case where the Board of Commissioners approves, denies, or tolls a rate; orders that a rate may go into effect subject to refund; or orders, refunds, or establishes rates, a public notice shall be published stating that the order has issued and is available for review.  Any such order shall be in writing.
   (B)   The Board of Commissioners may take any steps that it is not prohibited from taking by federal law to protect the public interest as part of any rate order or by any other means.  By way of illustration and not limitation, it may require refunds, set rates, and impose forfeitures and penalties directly or through its delegated representatives and enforce refund orders.  Any order prescribing a rate must explain why the franchisee’s proposed rate was unreasonable and why the prescribed rate is reasonable.  However, before prescribing a rate or ordering a refund to subscribers, the Board of Commissioners shall ensure the franchisee has had notice and opportunity to comment on the proposed rate or refunds.  If the recommendations of the City Manager propose a refund or a rate, then mailing a copy of the recommendation to the franchisee at the time it is submitted to the Board of Commissioners shall be deemed to provide the franchisee this notice and the franchisee must commend on the refund or rate in its response to the recommendations.
   (C)   No order approving or setting a rate using the FCC benchmark shall be interpreted to establish the just and reasonable rate to subscribers.  Every such rate approved or established shall be subject to further reduction and refund to the extent permitted under applicable laws and regulations, as the same may be amended from time to time.  By way of illustration and not limitation, should the FCC reduce the benchmark, the city shall have the right to reduce a franchisee’s rates and to require the franchisee to refund any amounts collected above the benchmark, except to the extent prohibited by federal law.
(Ord. 93-44, passed 9-19-93)
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Cross reference:
   Penalties; forfeitures, see § 65.999
   Public records, see Ch. 27