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Letter: Sprinkler assessment continues, still unfair

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John G. Jefferson

White River Township

To the editor:

I would like to inform the citizens of Bargersville and White River Township who depend on Bargersville Utilities for their water supply that nothing has changed. If you have a single water meter at your residence, which most do, and you have an in-ground irrigation/sprinkler system, you are still paying $10 per month plus sales tax for this “privilege” of having your system.

My guess is that it has been a few months since you watered your yard. You are still paying this unfair charge 12 months a year, regardless of whether you use your in-ground system or drag hoses around your yard, you are paying for every drop of water that goes through that meter.

Why are you being penalized for having a more efficient and water conserving system? A lot of people are paying this confiscatory charge and are not even aware. They do not line-itemize their billing like all other utilities in Johnson County. Bargersville Utilities withdrew from the Indiana Regulatory Authority in 2008.

They answer to no one except the voters who live within the town limits. If you live in White River Township outside the town limits, you have no voice to vote against members of the town council.

In a meeting I had with Bargersville Town Council on June 25, I was told their billing software wasn’t able to line-itemize. If you believe that, I have this bridge in New York I would like to sell! This $10 charge for sprinkler systems was supposed to be temporary until the expansion of their new water facility was complete.

Well folks, the new facility has been complete for about two years. Like most temporary charges and taxes, they have a way of morphing themselves into a permanent charge. In my frustration with the Bargersville Town Council, I contacted Rep. John Price and Sen. Rodric Bray and shared with them my concerns. They had a joint meeting with the town council in late summer.

The feedback I received was that the council would review the situation and “possibly” make a decision in March.

If you are as upset about this, as I am, call town council chairwoman Rowana Umbarger at 422-5115 and voice your displeasure. Maybe enough calls can get them headed in the right direction.

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