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Small crowd as State regulators seek public feedback on Fort Wayne water rate proposal

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) — The state consumer counselor wants to hear your input on a proposed water rate increase.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor hosted a public hearing Monday night at Homestead High School about the city’s 5-year, 5-phase plan to increase Fort Wayne’s water bills.

The auditorium at Homestead High School was nearly empty.

The members of the media outnumbered concerned customers with only about 5 in the room.

The first phase of the plan would take effect next year, with additional increases scheduled for every 12 months thereafter until the peak rate is reached.

By 2023 your bill would go up by more than $8 which is nearly $100 a year.

Currently, the average city customers pay $26 per 5,000 gallons of water. If approved, that number would soon average about $35 per 5,000 gallons.

The city says they’re seeking the increase due to operating maintenance costs, and to pay for some proposed capital improvements.

Monday’s meeting was at 6 p.m. If you didn’t make it you can also write to the office by October 23rd. Consumers who wish to submit written comments for the case record may do so via the OUCC’s website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, via email at uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov, or by mail at:

Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Jacob Burbrink

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