Even former Chair William Vancise cannot resist using this new number of “70 tariff units”. In the written text of his speech at the event - see below - he states "On average, the Board certifies over 70 tariff units annually. This volume alone could justify a marked increase in current resources."
Note the Board’s careful new use of the term “tariff units” – in contrast with what it has always called simply “tariffs”. And note that, while these comprise “a significant proportion that have been the subject of public hearings”, it is also true that a significant number of them do not because they are unopposed and often economically insignificant. With respect, these numbers are inconsistent with the taxonomy of what the Board itself has always considered to be a “tariff” and a “decision”, which can be readily seen on the Board’s own and in its annual reports.
- During the 15 years study period, the Board certified only 74 tariffs, according to its own taxonomy – many of which were uncontested.
- The Board certifies on average 4.9 tariffs per year. This is greater than the number of decisions per year, since many of these tariffs are unopposed because they are unimportant or the objectors cannot afford to participate in the Board’s process, or for other reasons – such as the oppressive and intrusive interrogatory process.
- The Board normally renders only about two or three important decisions per year. It is entirely unclear where the figure of “9 decisions” comes from.
- It often takes four years or more for a contested tariff to get to a hearing.
- If often takes two years or more for a decision to be rendered after a hearing. Here are recent example of post-hearing pendency delays before a decision was rendered:
SOCAN Tariff 22.A (2011-2013;
SODRAC Tariff 6 (2010-2013) – still pending since November, 2013