(a) This section applies to rates charged by a municipality for water or sewer service
to a district created pursuant to Article XVI, Section 59, of the Texas Constitution, or to the residents of such district, which district is located within the corporate
limits or the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the municipality and the resolution,
ordinance, or agreement of the municipality consenting to the creation of the district
requires the district to purchase water or sewer service from the municipality.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of any resolution, ordinance, or agreement, a district
may appeal the rates imposed by the municipality by filing a petition with the utility
commission. The utility commission shall hear the appeal de novo and the municipality shall
have the burden of proof to establish that the rates are just and reasonable. The utility commission shall fix the rates to be charged by the municipality and
the municipality may not increase such rates without the approval of the utility commission.
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