Order Entered: 1. No later than February 19, 2018, Commission Staff shall file with the Commission and serve upon all parties of record a written report containing its findings regarding South Hopkins's requested rate adjustment. 2. No later than 14 days after the date of the filing of the Commission Staff Report, each party of record shall file with the Commission: a. Its written comments on and any objections to the findings and
recommendations contained in the Commission Staff Report; and b. Any additional evidence for the Commission to consider. 3. If Commission Staff finds that South Hopkins's financial condition supports a higher rate than South Hopkins proposes or the assessment of an additional rate or charge not proposed in South Hopkins's Application , South Hopkins, in its responses to the Commission Staff Report, shall also state its position in writing on whether the Commission should authorize the assessment of the higher rate or recommend an additional rate or charge.
4. If Commission Staff recommends changes in the manner in which South Hopkins accounts for the depreciation of South Hopkins's assets, South Hopkins, in its response to the Commission Staff Report, shall also state its position in writing on whether the Commission should require South Hopkins to implement the proposed change for accounting purposes.