Town approves increase to water bills

2014-02-12T21:30:00Z 2014-02-12T21:53:29Z Town approves increase to water billsChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
February 12, 2014 9:30 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | Schererville residents can expect to have their municipal water bills increase in coming months.

The Waterworks Board and Town Council on Wednesday each unanimously approved measures that will bump up the water rate in town.

Ted Sommer, of the London Witte Group, said Schererville residents using 5,000 gallons will see their monthly bills increase by 58 cents.

Several town officials stressed the change is necessary because Indiana American Water has increased the amount Schererville is paying for wholesale services from the water company.

"It's simply a pass-through," Clerk-Treasurer Janice Malinowski said.

The increase is likely to show up on water bills in April or May, Malinowski said.

The town had a public hearing about the matter prior to decisions made by the panels. No residents commented during the hearing.

The increase isn't associated with Indiana American Water's most recent request for a statewide rate hike that would affect the company's direct customers as well as businesses, industries and municipalities receiving wholesale services from the company.

Town Manager Bob Volkmann said that rate increase would have a significant impact on Schererville if it's accepted.

The Waterworks Board decided to have the London Witte Group intervene in the rate case on Schererville's behalf.

Volkmann said Schererville has intervened in past water rate cases.

The town could partner with other groups interested in intervening in the case to share the costs of having London Witte proceed with the matter.

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