Public hearing scheduled for proposed Fort Wayne water rate hike

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The City of Fort Wayne wants to raise water rates for its customers to help pay for the replacement and rehabilitation of mains throughout its water system as well as other improvements.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) will hold a public hearing in Fort Wayne on Monday, September 24, 2018 where residents can speak out about the proposed water rate hike. The hearing will start at 6:00 p.m. in the Homestead High School Auditorium (4310 Homestead Road).

Customers can also send written comments to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) by October 23, 2018.

Those who plan to attend are encouraged to arrive by 5:45 p.m. for an overview of field hearing procedures and the rate case process. During the field hearing: 

  • Consumers will be able to speak directly to the Commission, under oath and on the record, regarding the case. 
  • Consumers will also be able to submit written comments for the case record.
  • Commissioners are not allowed to answer questions during the field hearing. However, OUCC staff will be available before, during, and after the hearing to address questions about the process. 

Current rates for Fort Wayne’s municipal water utility received IURC approval in 2012. The city is proposing a five-phase increase; the first phase would take effect when a Commission order is issued next year, with each following phase to take effect every 12 months. Under the request, monthly residential water charges for 700 cubic feet (approximately 5,230 gallons) would rise as follows:

 Current

Phase 1
2019

Phase 2
2020

Phase 3
2021
Phase 4
2022
Phase 5
2023
In City*$26.20$27.33$29.38$31.14$32.94$34.86
Out of City*$30.20$31.64$33.19$34.91$36.59$38.38

*Amounts include fire protection surcharges

Consumers who wish to submit written comments for the case record may do so via the OUCC’s website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, via email at uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov, or by mail at:

Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
 

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