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Water Commission

Water/Sewer/Electrical Utility Commissioner

Appointed or Elected

Duties of Position:    Members of a board of commissioners manage a municipal or village district water utility. Adopt ordinances related to the utility system or structures for proper maintenance and operation. Establish water, sewer, or electrical rates, and prescribe when rates charged to customers are to be paid and change the scale of rates to defray the cost of management, operation and repair of the utility system. Manage the water or sewer fund for payment of expenses of the utility; annually submit a proposed budget for approval by the town meeting or legislative body; create
and manage capital reserve funds with surplus proceeds from the water and sewer fund to pay for future replacement of the utility system infrastructure.

Responsibilities:     Become knowledgeable about the utility system involved

Appointing Authority:  Depending on local ordinance or charter, commissioners are either appointed by the governing body or elected by the voters.

Length of Appointment:  Whether elected or appointed, commissioners serve three-year terms.

Time Commitment:   Attend regular meetings of the Board of Commissioners and undertake such other duties that are assigned by the Board.

Qualifications:      Eligible candidates include adults over the age of 18 who are U.S. Citizens and who reside in the town or city. Prior interest in and knowledge about water, sewer and electrical systems preferred but not required.

Support Provided:    The town or city may pay for membership in and attendance at training programs provided by the New Hampshire Municipal Association.