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Expert Financial Planning and Advising
Water and wastewater rates are intended to provide the revenue required to recover costs. However, maintaining affordable water rates and explaining those rates to stakeholders and customers can become a challenge. Expert rate analysis can help achieve the agency’s strategic goals, while always keeping affordable rates in mind.
A well-crafted strategic plan is the cornerstone of a successful water service provider. Achieving strategic and agency goals is only possible with the right budget. Expert financial planning with both the agency and the customer in mind can turn those goals into reality.
Strategic Financial Plans
Input from elected officials and stakeholders always results in better financial planning overall. Workshops with elected officials and stakeholders help facilitate the best financial plan for an agency. These meetings can help organizations work more efficiently and focus on single issues more effectively, in addition to building valuable relationships.
Facilitate Workshops with Elected Officials and Stakeholders
When it comes to water and utility rates, there is a risk of litigation. If that risk becomes a reality, an expert witness on rate analysis and financial planning becomes invaluable. More than 25 years of experience with water rates and rate issues is available for any rate case.
Expert Witness on Rate Cases
The financial interests of an agency require a lot of attention. A responsible and careful representative of those interests assures the agency that their interests will be managed carefully and cared for in all situations.
Represent Agency Financial Interest
Analyzing rate studies and putting that information to use appropriately is a complex task. A third-party review of rate studies helps streamline the financial planning process and ensure that every aspect of the plan has been addressed completely.
Third Party Review of Rate Studies
Decades of Consulting Experience
Mr. Gaur possesses 25 years of financial and rate consulting experience to water and wastewater utilities. He has provided consulting service to more than 100 different agencies, including some in the Caribbean region. He often provides insight into utility rate and conservation-related matters for various publications, including authoring articles in Journal AWWA (American Water Works Association) and being quoted in various articles in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.
He has co-authored several industry guide books, including AWWA’s Manual M1 Principles of Water Rates, Fees and Charges, Seventh Edition, AWWA’s Water Rates, Fees, and the Legal Environment, Second Edition, and Water and Wastewater Finance and Pricing: The Changing Landscape. He is a member of the AWWA’s Rates and Charges Committee. Mr. Gaur was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bulgaria. He has an M.S. in Applied Economics from University of California (UC) Santa Cruz and an MPA/ID from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
“An exceptional asset”
“Over the years, Sanjay Gaur has been and continues to be an exceptional asset for my agency. I have collaborated with Sanjay for almost 15 years and have appreciated his original thinking, his preparedness, and his ability to facilitate technical discussions and quickly respond to detailed questions in a clear articulate manner. I first met Sanjay soon after I became Chair of ACWA’s Finance Committee and during my 10 years as Chair, Sanjay’s expertise was a source of support for ACWA members, as he led training sessions at ACWA’s semi-annual conferences.
Sanjay is a strong communicator supported by sharp analytical skills and a solution-focused attitude. His insight has been appreciated by my Board and gained him respect as our ‘go-to’ resource.”
“I have had several opportunities to work with Sanjay Gaur on utility financial planning over the last eight years, and I greatly appreciate his comprehensive knowledge of utility financial planning and rate-making principles and practices. He works collaboratively with his clients, understands the difference between analysis and policy decisions, and facilitates effective engagement of utility staff, governing board policy makers and community interests in financial planning and rate-making processes. Working with Sanjay is a strategy that any agency can use to ‘up their game’ when it comes to the challenging public policy issues many utilities face today.”
“A consummate professional”
“I first worked with Sanjay back in 2007 when he developed a cost allocation plan for our water and sewer enterprises. Since that time, we have used his services for development of enterprise fund reserve policies and for water and sewer rate studies. Sanjay is the ‘go-to guy’ in Orange County for these kinds of services. He is a consummate professional who is extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. I have seen Sanjay make numerous presentations and I have always been impressed by his skills as a public speaker. Sanjay is politically savvy and realizes the local government environment we have to work in. I highly recommend him.”
“Proven industry insight”
“For more than a decade Sanjay has provided wisdom to our agency in the formulation of water rates and capacity charge policies. His intelligence, personable character, and proven industry insight have benefitted us greatly.”
“Key to our success”
“Sanjay played a critical role in getting our District on a solid financial footing through development of our financial plan and a 5-year rate increase strategy. His ability to explain the District’s financial needs to both our governing Board as well as a very engaged public was key to our successful implementation of a sustainable financial program.”
“A critical team player”
“I have known Sanjay Gaur for over 15 years. As the General Manager of Western MWD, he assisted the District with developing a water budget rate structure, which was successfully implemented. We transitioned from a uniform rate to a detailed water budget, which is data intensive, required a new billing system, and significant coordination within the agency, with the Board and the District’s stakeholders. Mr. Gaur was a critical team player and contributed greatly to the success of the program. Lastly, Mr. Gaur has assisted numerous agencies in implementing rate structures that meet the Proposition 218 requirements and successfully withstand court challenges. I appreciate the foresight and rigor he brings to his work.”
“Creative solutions to solve even the most complex financial situation”
“Sanjay Gaur has a unique ability to take complex financial data and present it in a way that the data is understandable to elected officials, agency staff and the public. He tells you what you need to hear financially and presents creative solutions to solve even the most complex financial situation.”
“Robust financial planning”
“I have worked with Sanjay for almost 10 years. He has assisted the City in developing financial plans, cost of service and associated rates every two years. His insight on both the technical and policy aspects has fostered the development of the appropriate rate structure for our community. The robust financial planning has greatly assisted us in having minimal political outcry on rate adoption. Lastly, he has worked with staff in conducting City Council presentations, which are highly receptive by City Council and the public.”
“Achieving your organization’s goals and objectives”
“Having worked with Sanjay a number of times, I can say that he is a great companion on the journey of achieving your organization’s goals and objectives while keeping Proposition 218 requirements in mind. If you aren’t sure what you want, he’ll walk you through alternatives and be clear about pros and cons. If you know where you want to go, he will make sure you get there.”