Dismissal lets Bargersville lower fire hydrant rates, change method of payment

A group of Center Grove area residents got upset about whether their water bills were fair, convinced a state lawmaker to change the law and brought a regulatory agency the first-ever case on whether people who live out of town should be charged more for water.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission listened to the residents and also Bargersville Utilities and then dismissed the case by taking no action for 120 days.

No decision was made on a challenge that White River Citizens United and more than 100 homeowners brought against Bargersville for how it billed customers for a 77 percent rate increase in 2010, utility regulatory commission spokeswoman Danielle McGrath said. The result is that Bargersville isn’t required to make any changes to its rates, she said.

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