FLORENCE — Florence will seek the right to offer input on the Arizona Corporation Commission’s inquiries into Johnson Utilities.
The Florence Town Council has authorized the town manager and town attorney to file a “motion to intervene” in the case. Florence residents who live in Anthem at Merrill Ranch receive Johnson Utilities water and wastewater service.
The ACC recently held hearings in San Tan Valley to hear customer complaints about Johnson Utilities water, odor from the company’s wastewater plants and alleged improper billing practices. The commission also has been looking into allegations that owner George Johnson continues to manage the company while he faces charges of bribing former Commissioner Gary Pierce.
Last week the commission postponed the evidentiary hearing in the Pinal County utility case regarding billing and water quality issues until April 16.
At the time, only one person had successfully completed the process to become an intervener in the case, and two people had begun the process but not completed it.
Anyone who will be substantially and directly affected by the outcome of a case can become an intervener, which includes utility customers.
To intervene, anyone interested must file a written request.