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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.

2018 Meeting Agendas

Other Materials Minutes
February 7  February 7 Presentation  
February 2  February 2 Presentation  February 2
January 19    January 19

2017 Meeting Agendas

Other Materials Minutes
February 17 February 17

March 10

  March 10 
April 21 - Cancelled    
May 5 - Cancelled    
May 19    May 19
August 25    August 25
September 8    September 8
October 6    October 6
November 17    November 17
More Agendas and Minutes
2012 - 2016



Rate Fairness Board Roster
Member Name
Appointed/Designated By

Howard Ash

Residential Ratepayer/Vice-Chair

Board of Supervisors

Jamie Querubin

Bond Analyst

Director, Office of Public Finance

Kevin Cheng

Residential Ratepayer/Chair


Theresa Kao

Citywide Budget Manager


Adam Nguyen

Finance and Planning Director

City Administrator

Scott Ungermann

 City Retail Large Business Customer



 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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