40:62-24. Municipality serving others deemed public utility; control by board of public utilities; rate structure
Every municipality in supplying electricity, gas, steam or other product beyond its corporate limits is hereby declared to be a public utility. The Board of Public Utilities shall have the same supervision and regulation of, and jurisdiction and control over such municipality in respect to its acts in supplying electricity, gas, steam or other product beyond its corporate limits, and of and over the property, property rights, equipment, facilities and franchises used in supplying electricity, gas, steam or other product beyond its corporate limits as over other public utilities. Every such municipality shall be subject as to its service, accounts, property rights, equipment, franchises, extensions, reports, issuance of bonds or other indebtedness maturing in more than 1 year from the date thereof, to the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities to the same extent as other public utilities.
Every municipality supplying electricity, gas, steam or other product beyond its corporate limits shall have the rates for these utilities subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The board in regulating these rates shall provide for a rate structure which allows the municipality, within the limits of any covenants made with bondholders pursuant to law, to:
a. Recoup all costs of operation, including but not limited to the costs of raw materials, administration, equipment, buildings, property, maintenance, taxes, debt service, fees and offsetting any budget deficit occurring in the immediately preceding fiscal year;
b. Establish a surplus sufficient to provide for the reasonable anticipation of contingencies which may affect the operation of the utility and for an amount which may be transferred from the accounts of the municipal utility and included in the local budget pursuant to section 5 of this amendatory and supplementary act.
Amended by L.1983, c. 111, s. 2, eff. March 16, 1983.
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