Ogden Dunes proposes 20 percent water rate hike

2013-09-24T18:30:00Z 2013-09-24T20:50:40Z Ogden Dunes proposes 20 percent water rate hikeTimes Staff nwitimes.com
September 24, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

OGDEN DUNES | The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting written comments from Ogden Dunes municipal water customers on the utility’s pending rate case.

Under the town’s request, water rates would increase by approximately 20 percent.

The OUCC – the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) – is reviewing the utility’s request and has not yet taken a position.

The OUCC is scheduled to complete its review and file its report with the commission on Dec. 11.

Current base water rates for Ogden Dunes were approved in 2008, with adjustments in 2008 and 2010.

The local utility is seeking the rate increase because of higher operating and maintenance costs, and to pay for capital improvement projects including new pumps and fire hydrants, according to its filing.

Ogden Dunes bills its municipal water customers quarterly. The bill for a residential customer using 15,000 gallons would rise from $85.85 to $103.28, including the fire protection surcharge.

The OUCC conducts its review on behalf of consumers and presents its report and recommendations to the IURC. The IURC reviews the evidence and determines what is in the public interest regarding the filing.

More information on this case, including the utility’s filing, is available online at www.in.gov/oucc/2519.htm.

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

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

• email: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov

• Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments received by Dec. 4 will be filed with the commission.

Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44384-U.” Consumers with questions can contact the OUCC toll-free at (888) 441-2494.

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