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Letter: Monthly sprinkler charge unfair, unwarranted


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John G. Jefferson

White River Township

To the editor:

If you have an in-ground sprinkler system and you are serviced by Bargersville Utilities water district, you need to read this.

On June 25, I addressed the Bargersville Town Council to express my concern on their additional billing of $10 plus sales tax, per month, for residential single-meter customers that have an in-ground sprinkler system.

In my opinion, this is a very unfair and unwarranted monthly charge. The normal residential monthly meter charge is approximately $6.50 per month. The additional $10 plus sales tax meter charge per month to in-ground sprinkler customers cost Bargersville Utilities nothing. You pay for every drop of water you use, whether it goes in your sink or on your yard.

This charge has been in effect for a few years; and according to the past utility manager Mike Davis, it was to discourage excessive lawn watering at a time before Bargersville Utilities had completed its additional water supply system. The new expanded water supply system is now operational and this temporary unfair charge needs to be discontinued now.

You will not see this charge itemized on your bill, because they don’t do line item billing. Huh. You will only see two lines, Water and Water Tax. I had previously questioned why the billing didn’t show more detail of the respective charges and was told the computer program wouldn’t allow it. I find that answer a little hard to swallow.

If you also feel this is an unfair charge, call Bargersville Utilities at 422-5115. The town manager is Kevin McGinnis. Town council members are Rowana Umbarger, Gayle Allard, Bruce Morris, Jim Beck and Kenneth Zumstein.

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