rate·pay·er | \ˈrāt-ˌpā-ər \

Definition of ratepayer 

1 British : taxpayer

2 : one who pays for a utility service and especially electricity according to established rates

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Regardless, environmentalists seized on the moment as evidence that investing in desalination isn’t a good deal for ratepayers. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego's efforts to divest from rival L.A. water agency have driven up rates for residents. Is it worth it?," 1 July 2018 The advertising campaign has two major themes: Two utilities in the Anchorage Bowl just don't make sense, and the deal will save money for ratepayers. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "City, Chugach Electric promote Anchorage utility sale while trying to sooth concerns," 8 Mar. 2018 That has raised the possibility that MWD — and Southern California ratepayers — could be stuck paying for a second tunnel that, according to MWD's analysis, would not send any more water to the Southland than one tunnel. Bettina Boxall, latimes.com, "Vote on Southern California's investment in delta tunnel project could be a nail-biter," 10 Apr. 2018 If the money is lost or misspent, the ratepayer is on the hook for that. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Ad hoc committee to review water district budget," 21 Mar. 2018 The city's long-standing water bill assistance program is funded by all water ratepayers, to the tune of $4 million in 2015. OregonLive.com, "Water Bureau proposes fix for decades-old bill assistance program," 13 Feb. 2018 There’s been trepidation about utilities owning EV chargers, questions about whether such investments serve all ratepayers and whether charging is better left to markets. David Roberts, Vox, "Trump might like dirty cars, but electric vehicles are coming anyway," 26 June 2018 Last November, the California Public Utilities Commission rejected a request from SDG&E to have ratepayers pick up the tab in $379 million in costs related to three deadly wildfires in 2007 that ripped through San Diego County. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "SDG&E awards $1M to groups fighting wildfires," 12 July 2018 The sanitary district provides curbside trash collection and sewer services to about 116,700 ratepayers in Costa Mesa, parts of Newport Beach and unincorporated sections of Orange County. Luke Money, latimes.com, "Costa Mesa Sanitary District moves toward changing election system that lawyer says disenfranchises Latinos," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of ratepayer

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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