Shakopee Public Utilities is an independent entity governed by a separate board of five commissioners. These commissioners are appointed by Shakopee’s City Council. The commission was established by city council on December 12, 1950 and took over the responsibility of the utilities April 1, 1951. The following core operating principles are taken from the SPUC April 1, 1951 – March 31, 1952 First Annual Report.
- To remove the operation of these departments, as far as practical, from political influence – thus increasing efficiency.
- To operate these departments on a strictly business basis by appointing qualified supervisory employees and holding them strictly accountable for proper and efficient operation.
- To furnish the best service with the lowest rates consistent with such service.
- In line with the aim to operate on a strictly business basis, the commission believes that the utilities should, in lieu of taxes, make a contribution to the operation of the city government.”
For nearly 70 years, SPU and the City of Shakopee have partnered to provide this community with reliable and quality service, competitive rates and the fair and equitable treatment of all customers.