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Letter: Bargersville Utilities needs to send out itemized bills

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To the editor:

On June 25, 2013, I addressed the Bargersville town board regarding two main subjects.

1) Bargersville Utilities billing of $10 per month fee for having an in-ground sprinkler system. This fee is billed 12 months a year and you always pay for every drop of water that goes through your meter. So why this fee?

2) Truth in billing. Bargersville Utilities does not itemize their water bills like every other utility. Only two line items are listed on their billing: water charge and sales tax.

The customers of Bargersville Utilities deserve an itemized breakdown of their various and sundry charges. You wouldn’t accept billing from your credit card company, bank, electric or gas utility without a detailed itemized listing of charges. So why should we accept this hidden billing practice from Bargersville Utilities?

Bargersville Utilities withdrew from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2008. They operate with little or no oversight. In my frustration, I called Indiana Sen. Rodric Bray and Indiana State Rep. John Price. They had a meeting with Bargersville Utilities and were told the same thing I was told at my June 2013 meeting. They would take it under consideration and would have a decision by March 2014. I have called Bargersville Town Manager Kevin McGinnis three times since March 2014, and was told June 30 that the town board had not made a decision.

At this junction, I certainly feel that a lot of stonewalling is taking place. Fairness in billing — how hard is that?

If you feel the same way I do about this, please contact town manager, Kevin McGinnis and/or board chairwoman Rowana Umbarger at 422-5115.

John G. Jefferson

White River Township

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