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Three years ago, a Center Grove area man disconnected his in-ground sprinkler system in silent protest of a $10 fee being charged on his water bill just because he had it.

But now John Jefferson is tired of dragging hoses around to water his yard. He has gone to a town council meeting to ask Bargersville officials to drop the fee that he says is a unjustifiable tax by the town.

The town created the fee in 1995 to discourage people from installing and using sprinkler systems, because Bargersville Water Utility couldn’t supply enough water during droughts or high-use periods in summer, Bargersville Town Manager Kevin McGinnis said.

The town’s water utility serves about 13,000 households and businesses in much of the Center Grove area, reaching as far north as Smith Valley Road. About 2,000 customers pay the fee, generating $240,000 annually, Bargersville utilities superintendent Kevin Killinger said.

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