City of Asheville Submitted: May 13, 2024 | Updated: May 30, 2024

(May 2024) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Copy of Drafts and Final Report on water rate increases produced by Raftelis to the City of AVL

Good afternoon Allison (or Records Officer), Brad, (or Custodian(s) of these records),

Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to "inspect", nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record already exists). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

SUBJECT:
(May 2024) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Copy of Drafts and Final Report on water rate increases produced by Raftelis to the City of AVL

MESSAGE:
The City of Asheville contracted with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (“Raftelis”) to conduct a water rate study and “... to evaluate the City’s water rate structure to determine if modifications should be made to the rate structure following the elimination of its Capital Improvement Fee.” https://www.raftelis.com/work/asheville-city-of/

As far as I’m aware, the only info about their “Report” which has been made publicly available is a powerpoint presentation given by Raftelis at the City’s Policy, Finance and HR Committee meeting (and the subsequent Council meeting) in September 2023 – and an updated version of that presentation was given to the Committee in February 2024. I have not seen a copy of the “Full Report” on water rate increases from Raftelis, on which those presentations were based.

I believe a draft of that “Report” may have been produced to the City prior to the presentations given to the PFHR Committee and Council in 2023. Please provide a copy of any drafts of the “Report” that were produced to the City around that time (and prior to the Final Report), as well as the copy of the “Final Report” provided to the City (likely around February 2024).
————————————

Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and clear explanations of those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

Sunshine Request
PO Box 17391
Asheville, NC 28816

The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

Thank you for your assistance!

** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.

Status: Completed

Activity:

  • May 30, 2024 11:55 am

    1 week ago

    ** Editor’s Note to Sender: This info. comes from our FAQs page:

     

    Who should I contact if I think there are results of requests that have been improperly disclosed or should be redacted?

     

    The results of all Completed requests are published on our site, and have been provided to Sunshine Request directly by the disclosing government agency (government entity).

     

    Sunshine Request’s policy in situations involving an alleged improper disclosure is to refer you to the disclosing agency (government entity). If any party feels that an alleged improper disclosure has taken place, please contact the disclosing agency (government entity) directly.

     

    If the disclosing agency, after a review of your case, determines that confidential information was improperly disclosed, and notifies us of such disclosure, we will then be able to review your case.

     

    Similarly — Sunshine Request has reviewed any info given to us from the City of Asheville to determine if it satisfies the initial request. We make no claim as to the veracity of records / responses we receive from Entities. If you have reason to believe that the City has improperly disclosed (or is not disclosing) all available public records in accordance with NC Public Records Law, we encourage you to reach out to them directly.

     

    Thank your for using www.sunshinerequest.com!


     

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: May 30, 2024, 11:55 AM
    subject: Your City of Asheville public records request #24-275 has been published.

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Record request #24-275 has been published and is now available for public view.

     

    View Request 24-275
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/24-275


     

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: May 30, 2024, 11:55 AM
    subject: Your City of Asheville public records request #24-275 has been closed.

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Record request #24-275 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

     

    This report has not been finalized and/or furnished to the City yet, therefore the City does not have any responsive records at this time. However, we anticipate receiving the report in the next 2-3 months. Therefore we are closing your request now, and we suggest resubmitting your request around that time. Your request is now closed. Please reply to this message or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

     

    View Request 24-275
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/24-275


    Status: Completed
  • May 14, 2024 10:41 am

    4 weeks ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: May 14, 2024, 10:41 AM
    subject: [Department Changed] City of Asheville public records request #24-275

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Department assignment for records request #24-275 has changed:

     

    Added: Water.

     

    View Request 24-275
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/24-275


     

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    to: [email protected]
    date: May 14, 2024, 10:41 AM
    subject: [External Message Added] City of Asheville public records request #24-275

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    A message was sent to you regarding record request #24-275:

     

    Your public records request has been received by the City of Asheville and has been assigned to the appropriate person(s) for processing. Once processing is complete, you will receive any responsive records. Please reply to this message or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

     

    View Request 24-275
    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/24-275


    Status: Government Processing Request
  • May 13, 2024 5:10 pm

    4 weeks ago

    from: City of Asheville Public Records <[email protected]>
    reply-to: [email protected]
    to: [email protected]
    date: May 13, 2024, 5:10 PM
    subject: Your City of Asheville public records request #24-275 has been opened.

     

    City of Asheville Public Records

     

    Your record request #24-275 has been submitted successfully.

     

    The due date for your request may be later than usual because the office is closed on:

     

    – May 27: Memorial Day

     

    View Request 24-275

    https://cityofashevillenc.nextrequest.com/requests/24-275

     

    As the requester, you can always see the status of your request by signing into the City of Asheville portal.

     

    If you haven’t already signed in, you may need to activate or setup your account to get started. Once your account is activated, you can communicate directly with the City of Asheville through NextRequest.


     

    **Editor’s Note: The following message was submitted to Asheville City Government’s public records request portal, Next Request, on 05/13/24 at 5:10pm EST. As we receive updates, we will post them here on our website. Thank you for using Sunshine Request!

     

    Good afternoon Allison (or Records Officer), Brad, (or Custodian(s) of these records),

     

    Please reply promptly to the following public records request, which I’m making in accordance with NC Public Records Law. https://www.ncleg.net/enactedlegislation/statutes/html/bychapter/chapter_132.html

     

    ** I’m simply requesting an electronic copy of an electronic record, if one exists. I’m NOT asking for the opportunity to come in person to “inspect”, nor to obtain a printed copy of, this electronic record. I’m requesting explicitly that any responsive info be provided to me via the electronic medium / electronic format (in which the copy of this record already exists). If you are unable to fulfill any or all parts of this request, please specifically cite where a reason for denial is justified under NC Public Records Law. **

     

    SUBJECT:

    (May 2024) Request for City of Asheville, NC Government: Copy of Drafts and Final Report on water rate increases produced by Raftelis to the City of AVL

     

    MESSAGE:

    The City of Asheville contracted with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (“Raftelis”) to conduct a water rate study and “… to evaluate the City’s water rate structure to determine if modifications should be made to the rate structure following the elimination of its Capital Improvement Fee.”  https://www.raftelis.com/work/asheville-city-of/  

     

    As far as I’m aware, the only info about their “Report” which has been made publicly available is a powerpoint presentation given by Raftelis at the City’s Policy, Finance and HR Committee meeting (and the subsequent Council meeting) in September 2023 – and an updated version of that presentation was given to the Committee in February 2024. I have not seen a copy of the “Full Report” on water rate increases from Raftelis, on which those presentations were based.

     

    I believe a draft of that “Report” may have been produced to the City prior to the presentations given to the PFHR Committee and Council in 2023. Please provide a copy of any drafts of the “Report” that were produced to the City around that time (and prior to the Final Report), as well as the copy of the “Final Report” provided to the City (likely around February 2024).

    ————————————

     

    Please note that by submitting this request, I’m NOT agreeing to pay any potential fees or associated costs related to my request. If it isn’t possible to process the request without incurring fees, then please let me know the itemized potential cost and clear explanations of those charges upfront, and DO NOT proceed until I respond.

     

    By Law I’m not required to provide a name or address to associate with a public records request, but in order to move things along I’d like to clarify that this request is being made by:

     

    Sunshine Request

    PO Box 17391

    Asheville, NC 28816

     

    The request has been sent solely by me and my email address [email protected] . If anyone other than that email address contacts you to pursue a similar request, it did not come from me. Please do not commingle or treat that as an alteration or cancellation of my request – I intend to continue to pursue my request.

     

    Thank you for your assistance!

     

    ** Sunshine Request (www.sunshinerequest.com) makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.


    Status: Sent to Government
  • May 13, 2024 5:06 pm

    4 weeks ago

    Submitted to Sunshine Request
    Status: Pending