The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting public comments as it reviews Posey Township Water Corporation's request to issue financing and to increase its rates and charges.
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 in this case. Currently, the OUCC anticipates completing its review and filing testimony with the Commission on July 28, 2010.
According to its testimony before the IURC, the utility is requesting additional revenues to cover increases in operating and maintenance costs and to pay for the construction of distribution system improvements, specifically a second connection to the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District.
Current rates for Posey Township Water Corporation, a not-for-profit utility serving parts of Orange, Washington and Harrison Counties, were approved in 2006. The utility's pending request, if approved, would increase the monthly charges for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons from $31.85 to $39.58 upon issuance of a Commission order, and then to $52.89 upon completion of the planned project. The utility also states that it intends to issue an estimated $1.58 million in long-term debt to fund the project.
An IURC technical evidentiary hearing in this case is currently scheduled for September 28, 2010 in Indianapolis. While evidentiary hearings are open to the public, participation is typically limited to attorney and Commission questioning of technical witnesses that have filed testimony on behalf of the proceeding's formal parties.
All hearing and filing dates are subject to change. A settlement agreement is possible in any legal proceeding; the OUCC attempts to reach a fair settlement for customers in all rate cases.
Consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case may do so via mail, fax, or the Internet:
- Mail: Consumer Services Staff
Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
Indianapolis, IN 46204
- Fax: (317) 232-5923
- E-mail: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov
- OUCC Website: www.IN.gov/OUCC
Written comments should include the consumer's name, mailing address, and a reference to "IURC Cause No. 43875." The OUCC needs to receive all comments in this case no later than July 21, 2010.
Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC's consumer services staff toll-free at 1-888-441-2494. For additional information on this case, including a copy of the utility's testimony, please visit the OUCC Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2617.htm.
The OUCC's Website also offers a number of utility consumer publications at no charge, including tips for saving water and energy, along with a guide to the regulatory process.
(IURC Cause No. 43875)
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC's mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.