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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.

2017 Meeting Agendas
Other Materials Minutes
March 10
February 17
April 21 - Cancelled    
May 5 - Cancelled    
2016 Meeting Agendas
Other Materials Minutes
Friday, January 8
January 8
Friday, January 29
  January 29
Friday, February 19 - Cancelled
Friday, March 4 - Cancelled
Friday, March 18
  March 18
Friday, April 1 - Cancelled 
Friday, April 8
April 8
Friday, April 15 Power Cost of Service
Study draft report
Friday, September 30
Friday, April 17, 2015
April 17
2014 Agendas and Minutes
2012-13 Agendas and Minutes

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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