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Customer input sought on water rate proposal

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Thousands of Johnson County residents facing a potential water rate increase are being asked to give their opinion on the utility’s request.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the agency that will represent consumers before the state board that will consider the utility’s rate increase request, will accept written comments on the proposed rate increase by from Indiana American Water Co. until April 25.

The proposed rate increase would cost $2.45 for most consumers using 5,000 gallons a month, according to a news release from the agency.

The organization asks for residents’ feedback before giving an opinion on any rate increase request. Attorneys, engineers, and accountants are reviewing Indiana American Water’s proposal.

“Consumer input is another important piece of the puzzle that we want to have,” said Anthony Swinger, director of external affairs for the office.

Comments received by April 25 will be considered by the organization and filed with other documents used to form their opinion. The organization expects to complete its review and give an opinion May 2.

Those wishing to submit written comments can visit www.in.gov/oucc.2361.htm; send comments by email at uccinfo@oucc.in.gov; or by mail to Consumer Services Staff, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Comments should include a name and address, and reference: IURC Cause No. 44450.

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