Public Utility Rates: A Discussion of the Principles and Practice Underlying Charges for Water, Gas, Electricity, Communication and Transportation Services

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McGraw-Hill Book Company, Incorporated, 1917 - Public utilities - 387 pages
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Page 12 - And, in order to ascertain that value, the original cost of construction, the amount expended in permanent improvements, the amount and market value of its bonds and stocks, the present as compared with the original cost of construction, the probable earning capacity of the property under particular rates prescribed by statute, and the sum required to meet operating expenses are all matters for consideration, and are to be given such weight as may be just and right in each case.
Page 113 - Before coming to the question of profit at all the company is entitled to earn a sufficient sum annually to provide not only for current repairs but for making good the depreciation and replacing the parts of the property when they come to the end of their life.
Page 39 - It is clear that in ascertaining the present value we are not limited to the consideration of the amount of the actual investment. If that has been reckless or improvident, losses may be sustained which the community does not underwrite. As the company may not be protected in its actual investment, if the value of its property be plainly less, so the making of a just return for the use of the property involves the recognition of its fair value if it be more than its cost.
Page 63 - ... and we concur with the court below in holding that the value of the property is to be determined as of the time when the inquiry is made regarding the rates.
Page 141 - ... for the conveyance of telephone messages or for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water or power, either directly or Indirectly, to or for the public.
Page 39 - Assuming that the company is entitled to a reasonable share in the general prosperity of the communities which it serves, and thus to attribute to its property an increase in value, still the increase so allowed, apart from any improvements it may make, cannot properly extend beyond the fair average of the normal market value of land in the vicinity having a similar character. Otherwise we enter the realm of mere conjecture. We therefore hold that it was error to base the estimates of value of the...
Page 140 - ... within this state for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of heat, light, water or power, either directly or indirectly, to or for the public, which shall continue in force until such time as the municipality shall exercise its option to purchase as provided in this act or until it shall be otherwise terminated according to law.
Page 64 - This is, at any rate, the general rule. We do not say there may not possibly be an exception to it where the property may have increased so enormously in value as to render a rate permitting a reasonable return upon such increased value unjust to the public.
Page 62 - The owner would not be entitled to demand payment of the amount which the property might be deemed worth to the company ; or of an enhanced value by virtue of the purpose for which it was taken...
Page 62 - The property is held in private ownership and it is that property, and not the original cost of it, of which the owner may not be deprived without due process of law.

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